Every day, more than 23 million students begin and end their school days with a trip on a school bus. Unfortunately, significant danger exists whenever a child approaches or leaves a bus. It is crucial for parents and drivers to work together in order to reduce the risk of injury.
9 Ways to Keep Children Safe From School Bus Accidents
How can parents help prevent school bus injuries? It is important to teach children the following crucial safety rules:
- Get to the bus stop early, at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
- When the bus approaches, have the child stand at least six feet away from the curb.
- Teach the child to wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says it is okay to board before stepping onto the bus.
- Always walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road at least 10 feet ahead of the bus when crossing the street in front of a bus.
- Always use handrails to help avoid falls.
- Never walk behind a bus.
- Walk at least three steps away from the side of a bus.
- Never try to pick up an object dropped near a bus, because the driver may not be able to see the children.
- Teach children to follow important safety rules in order to reduce the risk of an accident.
Drivers: Do Your Part to Avoid School Bus Accidents
In addition to teaching children about how to avoid an accident when boarding, riding, or exiting a school bus, drivers also have an obligation to help prevent injuries. Drivers can do their part to reduce the risk of injury by doing the following:
- Always watch for children when backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage.
- Use extra caution when driving through neighborhoods that are within a school zone. Children in these areas may be thinking about getting to school rather than focusing on safety.
- Drive at a slow rate of speed.
- Remain alert at all times.
- Learn and obey all of the school bus laws in Georgia.
- Follow and understand the flashing light signal system used by school bus drivers to alert other motorists of pending actions. Yellow flashing lights mean that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Red flashing lights mean that the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off the bus. Motorists must wait until the lights stop flashing before proceeding.
After an accident involving a school bus, it is crucial to contact an attorney right away. We encourage you to contact us today at 470-819-2273.