School Bus Accident
The accident can be a collision with another vehicle or an object, or it can be the result of acceleration, deceleration, or another movement inside the bus. School buses represent the most significant public transportation in the US, making about 9 million trips per year, transporting approximately 25 million students per day.
Causes of accidents
- inadequate driver training,
- overloaded buses,
- mechanical failures such as faulty breaks as a result of improper maintenance,
- poor weather conditions,
- dangerous roadways,
- speed limit violation,
- aggressive driving,
- driver fatigue
- and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
- back and neck injuries,
- brain injury and spinal cord injuries,
- soft tissue injuries such as torn or pulled tendons,
- herniated discs,
- pinched nerves,
- compressed nerves,
- back strain as well as cervical
- and back muscle injuries.
What shall I do?
What mistakes shall I avoid?
- do not take your kid to school on a passenger car,
- it is safer to use the bus (see above)
- and do not neglect to educate your child about traffic and bus rules.
- It is also a good idea to supervise your child while waiting for the bus to arrive.
- do not run around while waiting for the bus,
- never, ever walk behind the bus to cross to the other side,
- and do not pick up anything you may have dropped during boarding or drop off – ask the driver instead.
How to prevent an accident?
- younger children should always be supervised;
- wait until the bus stops and the driver says it is OK to get on;
- dress for visibility;
- never distract the driver on the bus;
- always stay seated (school buses do not have seat belts);
- still walk straight as it is hard to see children bent over;
- under no circumstances get under the bus if you dropped something;
- always stay seated with your hands and arms inside the bus;
- never cross the road behind the bus;
- and do not pick up children from the opposite side of the drop of point.
Some legal advice
- the bus driver who should be adequately trained in safety;
- the bus company that employed the driver and hence is liable (in most cases this would be the school board or districts);
- the bus manufactures, in fact, it was a mechanical failure and
- the other driver of another vehicle that caused the accident or the injury.