School bus riders are almost 70 times more likely to arrive safely at school than car riders, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Furthermore, the American School Bus Council (ASBC) reports that students are 20 times more likely to arrive safely at school when riding a bus than if driven by a parent or guardian. That being said, there are risks for injury in any mode of transportation. One of the main risks tends to be the negligent actions of others. If your child has been injured in a school bus accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the law is on your side. You have a right to be compensated for losses incurred as a result. Attorney Michael LoGiudice fights for the injured. He is here to stand by your side in your time of need.
What Are the Best School Bus Safety Practices to Prevent Injury?
A school bus is one of the most heavily regulated vehicles on the road. There are countless safety measures put in place to try and keep students safe on their bus ride to school. In fact, the signature yellow school bus color was designed to make these large vehicles even more noticeable on the road. The cross-view mirrors, flashing lights, and stop sign arms are additional safety measures put in place. Furthermore, drivers are thoroughly trained and undergo a screening process before getting on the road. School bus driver training includes student behavior management and security and emergency medical procedures.
While school buses are designed and drivers hired to maximize safety and reduce risk of injury to your student rider, there are still measures in place that you and your child can do to make sure everyone is staying as safe as possible. If your child takes the bus to school, make sure they know how to keep themselves and other bus riders safe. This includes knowing to:
Wear seatbelts if they are available;
Avoid distracting the driver
Keep the aisle clear
Also, make it clear that safe bus rider practices start even before the bus arrives. Let your kids know that it is always important to stay aware of their surroundings while waiting at the bus stop. Remaining at least six feet away from the curb could prevent serious, and even fatal, injury. Kids should always wait for the bus to come to a complete stop, doors open, and driver signal before boarding. They should know to use safety features such as handrails while boarding the bus.
Representing those Injured in School Bus Accidents
Thinking of the possibility that students may be injured on the way to school is difficult. However, it does happen. If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, Attorney Michael LoGiudice is here for you and your family. At Michael LoGiudice, LLP you receive trusted legal counsel and dedicated advocacy for your right to full and fair compensation.