For the second time in two weeks, a school bus in Charlotte collided with another vehicle, causing injuries (which luckily appeared minor) to some of the children on the bus, as well as to people in the other car. Last week, six Charlotte children were injured in a similar collision.
Any parent would worry when reading about such repeat incidents. However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are generally an extremely safe mode of transportation. Rather than the danger posed by crashes with other vehicles, the main danger in the interaction between children and school buses occurs in the “danger zone” that surrounds the bus. The “danger zone” is an area of approximately ten feet all around the bus; in that area, children may not be seen by the bus driver, who is seated high up at the front of the bus.
- Don’t allow the child to wear clothing with drawstrings when riding on the bus; drawstrings sometimes get caught in the bus door, and children end up getting dragged. For the same reason, check that your child doesn’t have long scarves, or long straps dangling from a backpack, which could also get caught.
- Make sure that your children arrive at the bus stop in plenty of time, so they won’t have to rush across the street to catch it.
- Teach your children to avoid the “danger zone” discussed above.
- Remind your children to stay seated and facing forward while they are on the bus; the bus seats are designed to protect them in case of a crash.
If you or your child have been injured in a traffic accident, please contact the attorneys at Lee & Smith (whether by phone or email) for a free consultation regarding your options.