School is not yet in session for the school, but already a major bus accident has resulted in injuries to several students in northern Florida. Two school buses collided while transporting campers to the Jacksonville Zoo. The buses were following one another when the accident occurred. Nine people, including six children, were transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. This incident is reminiscent of last year’s several school bus accidents that happened in South Florida. Broward County was the site of quite a few school bus accidents last spring and a West Palm girl was dragged by a school bus for several feet.
As the start of the school year is rapidly approaching, now is the time to review school bus safety tips to help ensure your child stays safe. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, riding the bus is the safest mode of transportation for school age children traveling to and from school. However, our Miami personal injury lawyers would like to provide you with some safety tips that can help to avoid accidents. The greatest risk in riding the school bus is the time period when children are approaching or leaving the bus. Children must be careful in the area 10 feet behind, in front, and by the side of the bus. Here are some important safety rules your child should observe:
- Wait to board the bus until the driver says to do so: The school bus driver will take several steps to prepare for your safe boarding, including turning on the flashing lights, folding out the sign, and expanding the guard rail. The bus driver will open the doors and come to a complete stop then tell you it is safe to come aboard the bus.
- Once on the bus, go directly to your seat and sit the right way: School bus drivers will not tolerate horseplay or other unsafe activity. Children should never climb on seats or stand in the aisles as this can result in injury.
- Look for cars when exiting the bus: Look both ways before you step off the bus. If you need to cross the street, step at least five large steps in front of the bus, while catching the bus driver’s eyes, and wait for the bus driver to indicate it is safe to proceed.
- Use handrails when getting on or off the school bus: To avoid tripping and becoming trapped in the bus doors, always use the handrails when getting on or off the bus. Be sure your child does not have loose clothing, drawstrings, or loose book bag straps that could become caught in the bus doors.
- Do not wait at the bus stop alone: Children need adult supervision at the bus stop. Traffic and strangers present hazards to younger children. As such, walk or drive your child to the bus stop and wait patiently for the bus to arrive.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano: Helping Keep Your Child Safe this School Year
We hope that your child has a safe and successful start to the school year. If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, turn to the Miami Personal Injury Attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano. For over 130 collective years, we have assisted accident victims in bringing personal injury as well as wrongful death claims across South Florida. Our dedication to providing superior legal services and client centered approach has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald. Allow our exceptional attorneys to provide you with excellence of legal services. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.