Residents of South Florida are used to the busy roadways and impatient drivers. However, these elements lead to a very dangerous situation for many school children throughout the region. There are increasing incidents where drivers who do not want to wait for a school bus to safely unload the children on board will drive around the stopped bus, leading to serious, and often fatal, crashes involving the reckless driver and the kids.
If you have had a child injured in a crash involving a driver who ignored the warnings of a stopped school bus, the skilled Miami personal injury lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano will fight to get you justice for the harm that was done and compensation to pay for the long recovery process. Our skilled attorneys have accumulated more than 130 years of experience advocating for our clients and we will put that knowledge to work on your behalf.
Although it is illegal for drivers to pass a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing, thousands of motorists do it every year. Pursuant to Florida law, a driver is supposed to come to a complete stop and remain stopped until the lights are turned off and the sign is pulled back to the bus. However, many drivers disregard this rule and pass, often times moving to the right of the bus to get around it, placing the children at serious risk of harm. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 75 percent of the accidents involving a stopped school bus have pedestrians that are hit by passing motorists. These victims often are young children.
In order for a driver to limit the risk of harming school children walking towards or exiting from a school bus, he should do the following:
• Leave ample time to get to the intended destination, particularly within the busiest school bus traffic hours, in the morning between 7:00 and 9:00 AM and in the afternoon between 3:00 and 4:00 PM;
• Travel under the speed limit in residential areas and school zones;
• Drive with the headlights at all times, even during daylight hours; and
• Follow all school bus safety rules, including preparing to stop when the bus displays flashing yellow lights and coming to a complete stop when the bus turns on its flashing red lights and extends its stop sign.
There are things that parents and children can do to minimize the risk of harm that they face from negligent or reckless drivers, including:
• Select a route to the bus stop that minimizes a child’s exposure to road traffic;
• Come to a complete stop and look left and right before crossing a street, even in a crosswalk with the right-of-way;
• Wait for a signal from the bus driver that it is safe to cross the road; and
• Do not stop for any reason in the street.
When the negligence or reckless actions of a driver who has failed to obey traffic laws around a school bus results in serious injuries to another person, it is critical to hold the driver responsible for the harm caused. Skilled and compassionate personal injury attorneys can get the family the compensation that they deserve.
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When a child has been injured because a motorist fails to obey the important safety laws surrounding school bus operation, it is crucial to get legal assistance as soon as possible. The Miami personal injury law firm of Greenberg Stone and Urbano has fought on behalf of accident victims for more than 30 years. Our client-centric commitment and dedication to excellence has led to an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. The Miami Herald also has voted us one of South Florida’s top-rated law firms. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can get to work on your behalf.