Teenager Killed at Carolina School Bus Stop

A Garner Magnet High School student was killed in a recent bus stop accident. According to The Daily Dispatch, the 14-year-old student was hit by a vehicle as she attempted to cross the road to catch her approaching bus. The accident happened at about 6:30 a.m.
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According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the driver isn’t facing any charges.

Our Greensboro personal injury attorneys understand that school buses are vital tools in getting our kids to and from school safely. We rely on our kids to get to and from that bus stop safely. We just can’t always rely on other drivers to be careful and cautious of these young children traveling near the street. The best we can do is teach our young students the safest of travel habits and teach them to steer clear of these dangers.

We’ve also got to teach them to be safe when walking near the school bus, too. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more kids die when they’re hit by a school bus that when they’re riding a school bus. The cause of these crashes should be independently investigated. Even when a child is blamed, there may be issues with the location of the bus stop or other considerations.

Children routinely get lessons at school about the danger of getting in the way of buses, among other bus stop safety rules. Please review the follow safety tips from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Share these tips with the little bus rider in your family to keep them safe.

-Parents and guardians should escort young children to and from the bus stop.

-Make sure you’re always on time when arriving at the bus stop. You never want to have to rush. That’s when accidents happen.

-Make sure everyone at the bus stop stands at least 10 feet from the road. To make it easy for your child to remember, tell them to stay “five giant steps” from the street.

-You want to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching it. Stay off the road until then.

-Once you’re on the bus, sit down. Always use an “inside voice.”

-You should always wear brightly-colored clothing to help ensure that passing motorists can see you. This is especially important with bus pick-up times scheduled so early in the morning.

-Always look both ways before crossing the road. Look before exiting the bus and before stepping on the road to board it.

-Never walk behind the bus or directly in front of it. Bus drivers cannot see these areas and children can be overlooked and injured if they travel too closely.

Make sure that you’re talking with your young bus rider about these safety tips frequently. You want to make sure that they can travel to and from the bus stop safely to help to keep them safe. We see far too many children die at bus stops in the U.S. each and every year.

Last year, more than 25 children were killed as pedestrians getting on or off a school bus or while they were waiting at the school bus stop. Other motorists illegally passing a stopped school bus continue to be a problem in every community and the school bus industry urges strict police and judicial enforcement against violators.

If you or your child has been injured in an accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

School Bus Accident in Anderson Injures 12-Year-Old Rider, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, April 30, 2012

Students at increased risk of North Carolina school bus accidents as classes begin, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, August 28, 2010

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