The importance of school bus safety can’t be emphasized strongly enough. All a parent can do is train their children to take precautions. Pedestrian accidents involving children often occur when walking to and from a school bus.
Statistics show that pedestrian accidents are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death for children from 5 to 19. In fact, teenagers are two times more likely to die in a pedestrian accident than younger children. This is likely because they’re more prone to distraction through digital devices. When walking on the street or crossing roads, children need to put their attention on cars and traffic.
Lack of visibility is the greatest danger for children and school buses. Most children's school bus injuries occur when getting on or off the bus. Children can get struck either by the school bus or by cars passing the bus.
The NYC Department of Transportation advises the following guidelines for children riding buses to school.
What if your child took the necessary precautions but the bus or a car struck and injured them? An attorney can help you determine whether the bus driver or vehicle driver was at fault for the accident.
Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP offers a free initial consultation to discuss accidents and determine whether a grounds exist for a case. There are no out-of-pocket expenses. Our firm only gets paid if we settle or win your case in court.