Teach your child to follow these safety tips to stay safe when riding a school bus. Also, learn about his right to compensation if he’s hurt in a bus accident.

Teach Your Child to Follow These Safety Tips When Riding a School Bus

According to the National Safety Council, 25 million children ride school buses to and from school each day in the United States. While school buses are considered a much safer form of transportation than walking or riding in an automobile, students can suffer serious injuries or death in a school bus accident. Fortunately, you can take steps to keep your child safe and reduce his risk of injury so that you can rest easier when he is on the school bus.

Safety Guidelines That Your Child Should Follow When Riding a School Bus

While bus drivers have a duty to supervise your children while on the bus and to drive in a safe manner, children on the bus must do their part by following safety procedures when getting on, riding, and getting off the bus. Here are safety tips that you should teach your school-age children to follow:

  • Get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus will arrive.
  • When waiting for the bus, stay away from the road and traffic and avoid engaging in roughhousing behaviors that can lead to careless mistakes.
  • When the bus is approaching, form a line to get on the bus that is away from the road.
  • Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and the bus driver has opened the door to approach the bus.
  • Use handrails when getting onto and exiting the bus.
  • Use seat belts at all times if the bus has them.
  • Stay in your seat at all times while the bus is moving
  • Avoid loud noises, roughhousing, or other activities that are disruptive or distracting to the bus driver
  • Do not put your head, arms, legs, hands, or objects outside the bus window.
  • Keep bus aisles free of backpacks, lunch boxes, debris, and other objects.
  • Wait until the bus comes to complete stop before getting out of your seat.
  • If crossing in front of the bus after getting off the bus, you should be at least 10 feet in front of the bus where you can see the driver. You should also make certain that he can see you by waiting for him to signal for you to cross.
  • Never walk behind the bus because the bus driver cannot see you. Always walk where you are visible to the driver.
  • If you drop something on the road, tell the bus driver and be certain he sees you before bending down to pick it up.

Even if you teach your child these safety tips and he follows them religiously, he could be the victim of a bus accident caused by a negligent bus or other driver. These cases can be more complicated due to the federal regulations governing bus drivers and the fact that a public school district may be liable—with special filing requirements. You need the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney to obtain the compensation that your child deserves. Call our office today to schedule your free case evaluation to learn about your child’s options.