Posted on November 25, 2014 in Personal Injury
Due to Daylight Savings Time our children are waiting for the bus in the dark in the morning and getting off the Bus in the dark in the evening after their after-school activities. It is important to have a conversation with your child regarding bus stop safety.
Philadelphia car accident lawyers offer the following helpful tips to review with your children:
- Never walk too close to the sides or the front of the bus. The closer you are to the bus, the less likely it is that the bus driver can see you.
- If you drop something near the bus, go tell the bus driver first so that he/she knows you are near the bus.
- Wait until the bus has come to a complete stop and the doors are fully opened before you look to the bus driver to see if it is ok to board.
- Before you cross the street to approach the bus or when getting off the bus, look left, right and left again to be sure that there is no cross traffic.
- Never speak to a stranger on the bus if you are traveling alone. If a stranger tries to speak to you, alert the bus driver. When getting off the bus, never accept a ride from someone you do not know.
We all share responsibility in keeping our children safe. Following are some helpful tips for motorists regarding buses and bus stops:
- The bus will flash yellow lights to indicate that it is about to come to a stop and load/unload passengers. Be prepared to slow down and ready to stop when you see the yellow flashing lights.
- The bus will flash red lights and extend a stop sign to alert motorists that children are loading or unloading the bus. You must stop your vehicle at least 10 feet from the school bus. You may not continue driving until the stop sign and lights are no longer activated.
- Fines will be issued if you do not obey the laws regarding school buses. You can receive a first offense fine of $250 for violating school bus laws. You can also lose your driver’s license for 60 days and be assessed 5 points on your license.
- Be cognizant of all speed limits and school zone speed limits.
- Leave yourself extra time in your rush hour commutes to help safeguard our children.
For more information on bus safety and car accidents in general, contact Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay L. Edelstein. To speak to one of our experienced attorneys, call 215-893-9311 or 856-809-3150 in New Jersey. You may also contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
It is important to have a conversation with your child regarding bus stop safety.