With kids in California and across the nation heading back to school, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a variety of tips to improve safety at the bus stop and on the bus. Even though there are many children that die each year on school buses or other school transportation vehicles, big yellow school buses are one of the statistically safest ways to get children to and from school. Before your child heads to the bus stop, it’s a good idea to talk about the risks and concerns associated with this form of transportation.
School Bus Safety: By The Numbers
- Children are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a bus instead of traveling by car.
- From 2006 to 2015, there were 1,313 people of all ages killed in school-transportation related crashes.
- From 2006 to 2015, there were 301 school-aged children killed in school-transportation related crashes.
- More than 17 million cars are kept off of roadways each morning by school buses.
- More school-age pedestrians were killed from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. than any other hours of the day.
- Every school bus replaces 36 cars in morning and afternoon rush-hour traffic.
Safety Around The Bus
It’s important to understand that getting on and off the bus is the most dangerous part about riding the bus to school. Once on the bus, children are in the safest mode of transportation available for getting to and from school. The NHTSA is encouraging parents to talk to their children about safe practices at the bus stop. Children should never walk behind a school bus. When crossing the street in front of the bus, children should always make eye contact with the driver and cross at least 10 feet in front of the school bus.
Back-to-School Safety in San Diego
Motorists should always observe school speed limits and be on the lookout for child pedestrians in residential and school areas, especially during early morning and afternoon hours. If your child was injured in a school bus accident or at the bus stop, contact our skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.