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My child was injured when the school bus crashed
A child riding on a school bus is a daily rite during the school year and something that laws take into consideration. That’s why when a school bus stops, all other vehicles in the immediate vicinity do as well.
A Massive Wave
The fact that there are approximately 480,000 school buses transporting roughly 25 million children means that safety on a school bus is an absolute necessity that needs to be taken into consideration when a school district is hiring its drivers.
Despite the care that’s undertaken in these circumstances, children’s safety when riding a school bus remains an issue that can result in injury and/or death. In many parts of the country, bad weather during the winter months heightens the potential for an accident to take place.
The fact that school buses are supposedly designed to be safer than the standard passenger vehicle doesn’t prevent many accidents from taking place, which leads to deaths of not only other drivers and pedestrians, but also school children on the bus.
In the span of a decade (2003-2012), there were 1,222 deaths that were classified as school-transportation related. 174 of them were school-age children, with 55 of them in the school vehicle.
To Seat Belt or Not
School buses should be equipped with child safety restraint systems (CRS), which effectively can be boiled down to seat belts. Doing so can help limit the potential for injury or even death.
With school buses that have been involved in a moderate or severe accident, it’s recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the CRS be replaced. That makes sure that any future accidents that take place with that school bus will have current safety features.
The concept of compartmentalization is part of the reason that seat belts are not part of every school bus. The NHTSA believes that because the size of school buses helps distribute crash force, so through compartmentalization, closer seating whose backs can absorb more impact protects the students.
Decisions to Make
Whether or not seat belts are used likely doesn’t matter for many people—until an accident takes place. By that point, the concern may be too late, considering the cargo that’s being carried onboard. Coordinating all safety aspects here is the first step along this road. If your child has been injured in a bus accident, do not hesitate to call 703-370-8088 or contact us online today .