Although school buses are generally safe, accidents can happen. Teaching your kids about safety may prevent serious injuries from occurring.

Playing it Safe on the School Bus Can Prevent Injuries

In October of 2014, a school bus headed down Highway 302 was struck by a pickup truck. The accident occurred near Purdy and sent 12 students to a nearby Tacoma hospital for treatment. The 22-year-old Sumner woman driving the truck was believed to be intoxicated. She was also taken to a hospital for injuries.

Although the school bus is considered a relatively safe means of transportation, an average of 137 fatalities related to school transportation occurred annually between the years of 2001 and 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. And although school bus drivers are required to undergo drug and alcohol testing and receive extensive training, it doesn’t prevent other motorists from driving dangerously around them.

Teaching Your Child School Bus Safety

School buses are designed to protect those on board, but your child can still become injured if she doesn’t follow proper safety protocol. Educating your child could prevent her from suffering serious injuries.

  • Tell her to always sit while the bus is in motion and to face forward.
  • Teach her the importance of never throwing objects while on the bus, as doing so can hurt other students and distract the driver.
  • Ensure that drawstrings, scarves, backpack straps, and loose clothing cannot get caught on the door, bus handrail, or seats.
  • Tell her to keep items out of the aisle to prevent them from causing others to trip or move around dangerously during the ride.
  • Teach her to never shout while on the bus, as it can cause the driver to become distracted and possibly become involved in an accident.
  • Tell her to never push or shove students while on the bus.

Helping Your Child During Her Time of Need

When your child is injured in a school bus accident due to someone else’s negligence, she may be entitled to receive compensation for her injuries. The Andrew Kim Law Firm may be able to help. Contact us by calling 800.636.3676 to learn how.