Drivers Need To Pay Attention and Obey the Law When Children Exit School Buses

Drivers Need To Pay Attention and Obey the Law When Children Exit School Buses

Accidents are preventable, and especially when drivers pay attention to what is going on around them. The slightest distraction can cause great damage. An important time for drivers to be on the lookout and extra careful is during the early morning when children are going to school, and in the late afternoon, when children are returning from school. Yellow School Buses School buses have been painted yellow for particular reasons. They are easy to spot and and identify as school buses. Some schools may use public transport busses for older Continue reading

Are School Buses Really Safer Than Cars?

Are School Buses Really Safer Than Cars?

The large orange-yellow school bus is an iconic symbol of formative years, as almost all children rode on one either to and from school or at the very least, to certain school functions. While a child would not question whether it was the safest mode for them to be transported in, parents cannot help but wonder if they truly are a safe option. With all the distractions that can happen on a bus, are school buses really safer than cars? Safety Features As far as outside safety features go, school buses are as safe as they come. Built with Continue reading

Back-To-School Reminder From A Personal Injury Lawyer: Bus Safety

Back-To-School Reminder From A Personal Injury Lawyer: Bus Safety

It is that time again, when children in newly bought “school clothes” and backpacks clamber on to the school bus and head off to start another school year. Before they climb up the steps onto the bus, parents need to remind their kids of how to be safe while riding the bus and bus drivers need to be ready to keep them safe. Getting On And Off The Bus Board the bus one at a time. Children need to be patient and wait for the bus driver to give the ok for them to board. Once it is safe, each child should board one at a time. Carry loose Continue reading

Disabled Children Remain At Risk For Injury Due To Negligent Medical Transportation

For physically disabled children, specialized medical transportation is a way of life in order to get to school and appointments. The specialized vehicles and drivers are intended to assure each child's safety--- particularly if they are confined to a wheelchair or require accompanying medical equipment to accompany them. Medical transport vans, buses, or Medi-cars provide an essential role in both the physical and emotional well-being of these special needs children as they allow them to live as 'normal' lives as possible. Despite the Continue reading

Did Sloppy School Bus Driving Cause Crash & Injuries To Children?

A school bus driver forgot one of the tenants of good winter driving-- keeping an adequate distance between vehicles-- when he swerved the bus to avoid hitting another car that apparently lost control.  The bus landed in a ditch on the side of the road injuring six of the children inside. The six injured children were transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center. While I'm not certain of the specifics surrounding this particular school bus crash, many bus accidents are due to the negligence of the bus driver. Particularly in icy Continue reading

School Bus Accident Demonstrates Why Drivers Need To Protect Children From Unexpected Injuries

A freaky and downright scary news story caught my attention regarding a Louisiana school boy who was thrown from an open door of a school bus-- should cause us to pause and reconsider the type of people who are driving our kids to and from school everyday. Apparently the five-year-old was thrown from the open accordion door to the street pavement as the driver was in the process of making a turn.  The school bus driver had forgotten to shut the door of the bus after he had opened it to check a railroad crossing. It wasn't until other Continue reading

School Bus Safety: Is It Time To Make Seat Belts Mandatory In School Buses?

We insist on seat belt use in cars, airplanes and most other vehicles where we transport children--- yet the overwhelming majority of school buses on the roads today are not equipped with either a lap belt or shoulder harness.  When you consider the fact that millions of children use school buses as transportation for both school and non-school related activities this is downright shocking. A recent collision on a highway in the St. Louis area highlights the importance of not just installing sealt belts—but also taking a hard look at school Continue reading