School buses are relatively safe forms of transportation with a generally low accident risk. However, when incidents do occur, children face high risk of injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports from 2003 to 2012, there were 174 school children killed in school-transportation related crashes. Of those, 55 were occupants of school buses and 119 were pedestrians.
Of the 348,000 deadly motor vehicle crashes that occurred during that same time frame, 1,222 were classified as school-transportation related.
One of those was the decedent in Miller v. Thibeaux, a six-year-old boy who died tragically after his arm got trapped in a bus before he got himself dislodged and fell under a wheel.