August 9, 2016
School Bus Safety
By Jonathan Damashek
Public school classes start in a month in New York, what means hundreds of school buses on the streets picking up and dropping off children of every age. According to the Insurance Information Institute, more than 23 million students use these buses every day as a form of transportation to get to class everyday.
Unfortunately, in the last years, more than 150 pedestrians with less than 19 years of age died in accidents related to school; two thirds of those were caused by school buses. Riding a bus can be dangerous, and for this reason it is imperative that parents and guardians explain to their kids how to get on and off from the bus safely, and how to behave when they are inside the vehicle.
In an effort to help you keep your kids safe, we want to share with you several tips on how to use this form of transportation listed by Insurance Information Institute so you can share with your children. Pay attention to the following schools bus safety measures:
- Always get to the stop at least 5 minutes before the estimated time of arrival of the bus
- Wait on the same side of the street as the door
- Stay at least 3 big steps away from the sidewalk
- Make sure that the driver can see you if you o pass on the front of the bus. Never walk behind the bus.
- Most school buses related accidents occur in the afternoon when children are getting off the bus. Learn how to use the handrails to stay safe.
- Replace straps or drawstrings that may get caught on the handrails or doors with velcro and snaps.
- Understand there’s a danger zone around the bus and that you should immediately take five giant steps after getting off. If you have to cross the street, walk ahead of the bus before crossing and wait until the driver indicates it is safe to cross.
- Be aware of the spot that the driver cannot see (blind spot) 10 feet around the bus; on the front, on the back and on the sides,
- As you are getting off, you should never stop to pick up something that has fallen on the street. It is okay to loose homework in these situations.
- In the bus, you must always obey the conductor’s instructions. Stay seated without jumping, or playing with other children.
While we cannot control what drivers on the streets do, we can teach our children to make safe choices when riding a bus. As we already mentioned, it is key that you teach your children how to stay safe when going and coming back from school.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident related to a school bus contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation. We will analyze your case and explain you your legal rights.