There have been 15 middle school students and one adult who wound up in the Emergency Department at Mission Hospital after three separate Madison County school buses and a passenger vehicle collided. According to ABC13, there were two activity buses from Madison Middle School that collided after being rear-ended by a pick-up truck. One of the buses involved in the accident reportedly hit the side of an AB Tech building.
Our Madison County personal injury attorneys understand that parents expect their children to be in good hands when they send them off on the school bus each day. Despite all of the “safety” reports of school buses, we continue to see accidents across the nation involving the big yellow bus.
Each day, there are more than 20 million children who rely on school buses to get to and from school, sports activities, church events and more. What’s alarming isn’t the number of children who ride these buses, but it’s the number of children who are killed in accidents every year. There are thousands killed in accidents involving school buses every year. There are also hundreds of thousands of people who are injured in these accidents, too. School bus safety isn’t only an important topic because our children hop on these buses each weekday, it’s critical because these buses represent the single largest form of transportation in the country.
Since 1990, there have been close to 1,500 people who have died in school bus-related accidents. Some are children on the bus, some are other motorists and some are even pedestrians and bicyclists. When you break down the numbers, there are about 30 children who are killed in school bus-related accidents every year, both passengers of the buses and pedestrians boarding/exiting the bus.
One of the best things you can do to help your child stay safe while riding the bus is to share with them the safety tips listed below.
School Bus Safety Tips:
-Get to your bus stop at least 5 minutes early.
-Never let young children walk to the bus stop alone.
-Wait at the school bus stop at least 5 giant steps away from the road.
-Look both ways before crossing the road.
-Tie up all loose hangings and backpack strings before boarding the school bus.
-Once on the bus, find a seat, sit down and use an inside voice.
-Keep your arms, hands, head and other objects inside of the bus’ windows.
-Prepare your belongings before getting to your bus stop or to school.
-Make eye contact with the driver before crossing in front of the bus.
-If you drop something outside, near the bus, tell the bus driver before reaching down to get it.
If you or your child has been involved in a school bus accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.
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