You put the safety of your child in the hands of a school bus driver every day, but is the driver really capable and trustworthy?

How much training does a school bus driver receive?

 

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You aren’t able to drive your child to school in Seattle in the morning, so like many other children, she takes the bus. Although you know that school buses are one of the safest forms of transportation available, you still have your concerns.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1,236 fatal school transportation-related accidents occurred between the years of 2001 and 2010. That means over 100 people, mostly children, were killed each year trying to get to or from school.

Do You Trust Your Child’s School Bus Driver?

Although school bus accident rates are low compared to car accident rates, they do still happen, particularly if your child’s school bus driver isn’t responsible or trustworthy. Fortunately, not just anyone can walk off the street and start driving school buses for a living; in Washington, certain standards must be met, including:

  • Being at least 21 years of age.
  • Holding valid first-aid cards and medical examination certificates.
  • The successful completion of annual bus driver training courses.
  • Passing a criminal background check.
  • Submitting an annual report to the school system of all crimes committed against children and others.
  • Having the physical capability to operate the school bus and to assist students when entering and exiting the bus.

Was Your Child Injured in a School Bus Accident?

If your child was injured while on a school bus or by a school bus because of someone else’s negligence, including the bus driver, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation. Contact the Andrew Kim Law Firm to learn how.