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School Bus Accidents

Has Your Child Been Injured in a School Bus Accident?

From 1998 to 2008, about one-half (47%) of the school-age pedestrians killed in school transportation-related crashes were between 5- and 7-years-old. Additionally, it is estimated that 17,000 U.S. children visit emergency rooms each year due to bus-related accidents.

School bus drivers must make the child’s safety a priority; yet innocent children are still injured year after year.

MOST COMMON CAUSES SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENTS

Eighty percent of the children killed in school bus accidents were either boarding or leaving the bus at the time of the accident. Many times the cause of the accident or injury was due to driver negligence. Other school bus accident causes may include:

  • Defective equipment
  • Lack of seat belts
  • Dangerous roadways
  • Improper maintenance
  • Bad weather conditions
  • Inadequate training
  • Unqualified drivers
  • Speeding
  • Negligent passing
  • Failure to keep proper look out
  • Changing lanes when inappropriate
  • Overloaded buses

SERIOUS INJURIES FROM SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENTS

No parent should have to fear their child taking the bus to school, but everyday more children are injured due to a school bus accident. Injuries that may occur due to a school bus accident include:

  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Internal damage
  • Concussions
  • Coma
  • Burns
  • Abrasions
  • Lacerations
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Paralysis
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Mental and emotional impairment
  • Long term or short term disability
  • Eye injuries or blindness
  • Amputation

6 SCHOOL BUS SAFETY TIPS FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN

Teaching our children important safety tips when traveling in or around school buses can prevent future accidents and save more young children.

The National Safety Council offers these suggestions:

  1. Wait for the bus far away from traffic. Stay on the sidewalk, and pay attention to passing cars.
  2. Use the handrail while entering and exiting the bus.
  3. Don’t approach the bus until it has completely stopped, and the door is open.
  4. Allow at least 10 feet clearance if you cross the street in front of the bus. Wait for the driver to tell you that it’s safe to cross.
  5. Make sure the driver can see where you are after you’ve left the vehicle.
  6. Stay well away from the bus’s rear wheels.

CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED CHILD INJURY ATTORNEY

At Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been the victim of a serious injury, contact our offices. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED?

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