We send our kids on the school bus expecting them to be safe and out of harm’s way. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, a school bus accident happened in Surry County on Ramey Creek Road and injured two students. There were 10 students on the bus when the accident happened. All students were treated for injuries at the scene of the accident and were released to parents, according to NEWS2. The accident happened just before 5:00 p.m. and officials are still investigating — the cause of the accident has not been determined.
Our Spartanburg personal injury lawyers understand that the South Carolina Department of Education and the Office of Transportation is responsible for testing, training and licensing all drivers who operate a school bus. To help reduce the risks of accidents involving school buses, officials have created instruction classrooms and nearly 20 driving tests to make sure that these bus drivers know what they’re doing. This material covers detailed instructions for loading kids, driving kids and unloading kids, including those with special needs.
While the state does what it can to ensuring your child has a safe ride to and from school, we’re asking patents and guardians to do what they have to in making sure that children get to and from school safely. The Beaufort Tribune recently offered parents some simple safety tips to share with children before they get on that big, yellow bus.
Getting to the Bus Stop:
-Make sure they carry their belongings in a backpack so they’re less likely to drop or lose them.
-Make sure they wear bright-colored clothing so that motorists can see them easily.
-Make sure that they leave their home on time and arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the school bus is scheduled to arrive.
-Make sure kids stay at least 5 giant steps away from the road when waiting for the bus.
Getting On and Off the Bus:
-If something is dropped by the school bus, do NOT pick it up! Alert the bus driver!
-Children should look closely at surrounding traffic before stepping off of the bus.
-Never cross the road behind the bus. If you have to cross the road, go in front of the bus and make eye contact with the bus driver and other nearby motorists.
-Make sure that your child knows to secure loose drawstrings and other objects that may get caught in the handrail or door of the bus as they are entering or exiting.
Be sure to share these tips with your young school bus rider. Also make sure that they know to remain seated and quiet while riding on the bus. The driver needs to place their full attention on the roadway during the trip to and from school.
If your child has been injured, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.
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Young Baseball Player Suffers Permanent TBI — $14M Settlement, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, September 1, 2012
Driver Suspended After School Bus Accident in Easley, 10 Students Injured, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, January 18, 2012