Summer is coming to a close, so kids are scampering to gear up for another school year while parents are faced with the anxiety of how their kids will get to school safely each day.
Most would agree the big yellow bus is probably the safest mode of transportation for our kids, which is why so many parents rely on the school system to transport their kids to and from school, sporting events, and school activities.
Asheville injury lawyers want parents to understand that you do have rights if your child is injured in a school-related accident, so don’t be afraid to exercise them. School bus-related accidents in Statesville, Gastonia and elsewhere can occur in front of your home, at a school drop off zone or just about anywhere, and they don’t always involve another vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that school transportation-related crashes kill an average of 19 school-age occupants each year nationally, of these, 6 are typically pedestrians. Forty-three percent of school-age pedestrians killed in bus-related accidents were ages 5 to 7 between 2000 and 2009.
Due to the fact that the dangers outside of a bus when children enter and exit are equally as hazardous as when a child is involved in a bus crash, the National Safety Council urges parents to talk to their kids about bus safety. It only takes a second for an accident to happen, so take a few minutes to go over some important reminders that will keep your children safe throughout the school year.
- Don’t rush to the bus pick-up location.
- Even if it is at the end of the driveway, make sure you are waiting in plenty of time.
- Stand back from the curb when a bus is pulling up to a stop.
- If you must cross the street to get on the bus, wait for the bus driver to signal that it is OK to cross.
- Always walk in front of the bus, never behind.-Use the hand rail when you get on and off the bus.
- Use quiet voices when you are riding on the bus. The bus driver needs to focus on driving, not on bad behavior.
- Prepare for your drop off location by gathering your things together ahead of time.
- Keep personal items like books or backpacks in the seat or on your lap, not in the aisle.
- When you leave the bus, wait for the bus driver to nod or give a hand gesture that it is fine to cross the street.
- Always be alert for vehicles on the roadway.
- Always make yourself visible by never hiding behind or near a wheel of the bus.
The NHTSA offers a printable tool that makes it fun for kids to learn about bus safety, walking or riding a bike to school. To view and print Gus the yellow school bus guide, click here.
The Back-to-School Safety Checklist is a helpful tool for parents to use before your child heads back to school. Traveling to school safely and minimizing school-related injuries can give you and your child peace of mind throughout the school year.
If you or your child has been involved in a school bus accident in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Charlotte or throughout North Carolina, contact the injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free initial consultation to discuss your claim. Call 1-800-887-1965.
Additional Blog Entries:
Cary, North Carolina School Bus Accidents Sends More Than 30 Students to Hospital, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, December 23, 2010
Jamestown School Bus Accident a Reminder of the Risk to North Carolina Children, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, October 27, 2010