Florida Accidents Reinforce Need for School Bus Safety

by Carmen Dellutri on April 19, 2012

Florida accident attorneyAfter a series of Florida school bus accidents, the safety of these vehicles is back in the spotlight. In one accident, a school bus carrying seven children struck a car after the bus driver made an improper lane change. In another more serious accident in Port Saint Lucie, a 9-year-old was killed and 15 students and a driver were injured when the bus collided with a tractor-trailer.

As Cape Coral accident attorneys, we can understand why parents are concerned. However, while about 26 million students ride school buses nationwide, an average of five students are killed each year while on a bus. In fact, statistics indicate that school buses are one of the safest modes of transportation, in large part because they must meet so many safety standards. Florida is also one of the few states to require school buses to be equipped with seat belts.

Unfortunately, there is also a human element. In many cases, school bus accidents can be traced back to the negligence of the school bus driver or another driver involved in the accident. For greater peace of mind, below are several important safety tips to improve school bus safety:

For Children Riding the School Bus

  • Keep hands, arms, and head inside bus.
  • Always buckle up properly if your school bus has safety belts.
  • Stay in your seat and obey the driver.
Remain seated at all times and keep the aisle clear.
  • Stop talking and remain silent when the bus comes to a railroad crossing so the driver can hear if a train is approaching.
  • Avoid any loud or disruptive behavior that could distract the bus driver from safely operating the bus.
  • Be courteous and respectful to your driver. Safely getting you to and from school is a tremendous responsibility that the driver takes very seriously.

For Motorists

  • When approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and its stop arms extended, motorists are required to STOP in nearly every instance.
  • Be alert and watch for children at all times, but especially near schools, bus stops, school buses, and in school parking lots.
  • Obey all traffic laws and speed limits, paying extra attention to the lower speed limits in school zones.
  • Do not pass other vehicles in school zones or at crosswalks. Do not change lanes or make U-turns in school zones. Watch for and obey signals from school crossing guards.
Do not text or use a cell phone while driving.
  • Only drive or park in authorized areas to drop off or pick up children at school.

Source: FloridaSchoolBusSafety.gov

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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