Pittsburgh Car Accident Lawyers: School Bus Safety

With the start of a new school year quickly approaching, parents are filled with anxiety and concern regarding school bus transportation.  The National Safety Council reports that 25 million students nationwide ride a school bus every day.

Safe, reliable, and convenient, school buses provide consistency and routine within the community including reducing the number of vehicles on roads surrounding schools and on school property.

Although school buses are designed to be safer than most passenger cars in avoiding crashes and preventing injury, they are not totally risk free.  Riding the bus is not the foremost safety issue.  The greatest risk for injury occurs when children are approaching or leaving the school bus in what is called the school bus danger zone.  The danger zone is the ten foot area surrounding the bus where bus accidents happen most frequently when bus drivers have restricted views and blind spots; motorists do not stop to comply with bus laws; children dart around cars and the bus; and kids may bend over or reach under the bus.

School transportation combined with school bus traffic laws have a priority to keep students safe.  Parents can empower students to be cautious and aware of bus safety by discussing the following tips with their children.

Boarding the Bus

  • Try to arrive a few minutes early for the bus to avoid running to the approaching bus.
  • Do not venture from the route into the streets or alleys.
  • Keep a safe distance from the street while waiting for the bus.
  • Avoid playing with friends and running around.
  • Line up as the bus approaches and wait until the bus stops and the doors open.
  • Enter the bus one at a time using the handrail; do not push.

On the Bus

  • Stay seated on the bus, facing forward, and buckle the seatbelt if the bus is equipped with one.
  • Avoid distracting the bus driver and keep voices low.
  • Obey the driver’s instructions at all times.
  • Do not throw anything out of the windows and keep head and hands inside the bus.
  • Keep aisles clear of items and be cautious of drawstrings and bag straps.
  • Remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.

Exiting the bus

  • Walk to the front of the bus, do not push and use handrail.
  • Take a few large steps off the bus and be aware of the danger zone.
  • Do not linger and play around the bus.
  • If you have to cross the street, always cross in front of the bus.
  • Make eye contact with the driver and wait until you are given the okay sign to cross.
  • Before crossing, look to the left, then the right, and then the left again.
  • Walk across the street, do not run and do not run out from between parked cars.
  • Always stay away from the rear of the bus and the wheels.
  • Do not run back to the bus or bend down near the bus because the driver may not see you.

It is important to remind children to stay alert and cautious before, during and after riding the bus.  School bus collisions and accidents surrounding the bus are horrifying experiences.  Some school bus related injuries are caused by other motorists not following traffic laws.

Pittsburgh Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of James R. Moyles Negotiate on Behalf of Bus Accident Victims

It is beneficial to consult with an experienced Pittsburgh bus accident lawyer when facing injuries resulting from a bus related crash. At the Law Offices of James R. Moyles, we will help you recover fair financial and medical compensation proficiently and aggressively. We advocate for accident victims throughout Western and Central Pennsylvania with offices located in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. Claims are handled in Carlisle, Hanover, York, Gettysburg, Lancaster, Millersville, Hershey, Shippensburg, Dillsburg, and Linglestown. Call 1-412-218-1055 or 1-717-233-5400 or contact us online to discuss the confidential details of your circumstances.

With the start of a new school year quickly approaching, parents are filled with anxiety and concern regarding school bus transportation.  The National Safety Council reports that 25 million students nationwide ride a school bus every day.

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