School Bus Accidents: What You Need to Know

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By Christopher Coble, Esq. on September 11, 2015 3:59 PM

You don't need to Google "school bus crash" to know that the buses we trust to take our kids safely to school don't always have the safest trips. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates there were 1,214 fatal crashes involving school transportation vehicles from 2004 to 2013, averaging 134 fatalities each year.

What do you need to know to keep your children safe on school buses? And what should you do if your child is injured in a school bus accident?

School Bus Safety

School buses are designed to be safer than passenger cars and the vast majority of school buses get kids to school and home again without incident. But accidents do happen, and there are ways to avoid danger on school buses.

You can increase your children's school bus safety by:

  • Instructing Your Children to Be Careful: Your kids should be aware of their surroundings at the bus stop, and keep distractions like playing with a cell phone, listening to loud music, and chatting with friends, to a minimum.
  • Monitoring Your Children at the Bus Stop: If you have spare time in the mornings and afternoons, consider checking on the bus stop and help keep it clear of hazards.
  • Teaching Your Children Proper Bus Safety: You kids should know how to recognize and respond to unsafe situations at the bus stop and on the bus itself.

School Bus Lawsuits

Despite our best attempts at safety, our children may be injured in a school bus accident. If so, there are several legal questions to consider:

You may want to consult with an experienced injury attorney if your child has been injured in a school bus crash.

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