Staying Safe on the School Bus
Millions of children rely on school buses to take them safely to and from school each day. Parents and other caregivers should educate their children on how to properly use this service since kids can be injured by the bus driver, other drivers around the bus stop, and even the bus itself.
Bus drivers should be trained to safely drive their vehicle, as well as to advise kids when they should cross the road. If a child has to cross the street in front of the bus, he or she has to rely on the bus driver to help watch for cars on the road. The driver should pay attention to the traffic around the stop and alert kids when it is safe to cross. Additionally, bus drivers should wait for a child to fully exit the bus before they shut the doors so that they do not run the risk of catching a child in the doors and dragging him or her.
Cars that are driving behind the bus or coming in the opposite direction should stop for a bus that is loading or unloading children. Other drivers need to be wary of kids, since they may unpredictably chase after a wind-caught paper or a dropped object. Drivers should never pass a stopped bus on the right side, since a child can suddenly step out and be run over.
Bus Safety Features
Buses should be equipped with certain safety features to protect your child. When a bus is stopping to let a child out, the stop sign should be fully extended and the flashing lights should be turned on. If the sign fails to deploy, a car may not stop, running over a child. Additionally, the stairs of the bus should have railings for child to hold onto. If the handrails are defective, a child can be cut or fall down the stairs.
Even the most vigilant parent and careful child can fall victim to a faulty bus, an irresponsible bus driver, or a reckless driver. If someone’s negligence has caused your child to have a bus-related injury, you should speak to a lawyer about your legal options.
For more information about motor vehicle accidents and your legal rights, contact the Wisconsin personal injury attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today by calling 800-242-2874.