This week, in Illinois, a school bus collided with a car and resulted in the bus flipping on its side. Twelve middle school children had to be transported to the hospital. A few days ago, in Wisconsin, a 12 year old boy was killed after being struck by a school bus. Recently, in Georgia, a student riding a school bus died after a semitrailer collided with the bus. This accident also injured more than a dozen students.
These recent accidents, along with recent media reports showing bus drivers speeding through red lights and viral videos of impatient drivers illegally passing buses and nearly running over children, parents wonder about the safety of school transportation. With school back in session, here are a few things to keep in mind about school bus safety. First, the good news: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), school buses are one of the safest forms of transportation in the United States. The agency says that approximately 450,000 public school buses travel about 4.3 billion miles to transport 23.5 million children to and from school and school-related activities every year. On average, there are six fatalities a year involving school bus transportation, and there are twelve pedestrian-related fatalities a year involving school buses.
While that is a good statistic, no fatalities would be better. The majority of school bus-related fatalities happen when students are struck by the bus or other vehicle while waiting for, boarding, or getting off the bus. In many cases, unsafe school loading zones and distracted drivers are at fault. If your child was injured in a school bus accident, please contact our office for a confidential consultation.