The beginning of a new school year is fast approaching and that means school buses filled with kids will be on the roads again. Buses are a very safe way to transport kids to and from school—millions of students in the United States ride a school bus every day. However, approximately 20 kids die every year in bus accidents that are largely preventable.
Children between the age of five and seven who are getting on and off the bus are the most likely victims. Kids this age are more likely to be killed in a bus accident because they are in a hurry and have little experience with traffic—especially when drivers illegally pass the school bus.
Bus accident deaths involving young children are a real tragedy. Luckily, there are some simple rules we can teach our kids to keep them safe at the bus stop.
- Get to the bus stop five minutes early so that you are there when the bus arrives.
- Stay back and stand far from where the bus will pull up to the bus stop. Do not stand behind the bus.
- Board and exit the bus in a single file line with no pushing or shoving. Be careful so that clothing and possessions do not get caught on the bus doors.
- Respect the bus driver and listen carefully to her safety instructions.
- Sit down right away and ride facing forward in the seat.
- Be quiet at train crossings so the bus driver can stop, look, and listen.
- Sit still and remain in your seat so the driver can pay attention to the road.
- Look both ways if you have to cross the street after getting off the bus.
- Be aware of your surroundings and keep out of the path of the bus or other cars.
According to David Todd, an Austin child injury attorney with the Todd Law Firm, following these simple rules will greatly reduce your child’s chances of being injured on or near a school bus. David is committed to promoting child safety in the Austin area, as well as helping clients with their child-injury legal cases. If your child is injured, call 512-472-7799 for a free case review. You may also download a free copy of Seven Deadly Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Texas Accident Case for additional information.