|Keeping Your Children Safe on School Buses
Seventeen third-graders were taken to a hospital with minor injuries after a crash involving two school buses that were headed on a class trip to upstate New York in June. Last year, eight were injured when a school bus with special needs students crashed and tipped over on the Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx.
Every day, about 500,000 school buses transport more than 23 million students to and from school. However, each year, nationally, about 24 school-aged children are killed in school transportation-related traffic crashes, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).
Encourage your children to wear seat belts on school buses as they absorb the force of impact in a crash. In New York, a school bus seat belt law requires all school buses manufactured after July 1, 1987 to be equipped with seat belts.
The fact is, school bus accidents happen. Share these safety tips with your children that will increase the odds of them staying safe.
At the Bus Stop:
Entering and Exiting the Bus:
On the Bus:
Tips for Drivers:
If You’re Dropping Off:
- Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures for the school year. Make sure you know them for the safety of all kids. More children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location, according to the National Safe Routes to School program.
- Don’t double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.
- Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school.
- Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school.
If you, or someone you care about, has been injured or has been involved in an automobile accident, contact Rosenberg & Gluck, personal injury attorneys, for a free and confidential legal consultation to learn more about your options.