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School Bus Accidents - Who Is At Risk?

Steve Wagner

During the school year, it seems like we hear about a school bus accident on the news every week. Parents, you put your children on these buses, and trust the drivers to get them to and from school safely, but do you know the statistics and the harsh realities behind school bus accidents?

The truth: 135 people are killed each year in a school bus accident.

Three types of accidents

Occupants of Other Vehicles: 71% of fatalities resulting from a school bus accident happen to the driver or passengers of other vehicles involved with the crash. Because of the large size of these buses, other vehicles that are involved usually sustain heavy damage.

Pedestrians: Between 2003 and 2012, 119 pedestrians were killed in school bus accidents, and that includes children who are boarding and de-boarding these buses.

Occupants of the buses: While this category sustains the fewest fatalities of any school bus accident category, these fatalities are largely made up of child passengers, the majority of which don’t have proper safety restraints on these buses.

Negligence on the Part of the Driver

Whether it was the driver of the bus who was negligent, or another driver on the road, it is rarely, if ever, the fault of the pedestrian children when an accident like this occurs. We know that it often seems like an inconvenience to stop or to get “stuck” in traffic behind a school bus, but your patience and alertness is saving lives. Pay attention to the road, stay off your cell phone, watch for children, and…

Do Everyone A Favor: STOP when you see the flashing lights and signs on a school bus!

Was Your Child Injured? – School Bus Accident Attorneys are Available to You

We know that an injury to a child, or worse yet, the loss of a child, is devastating and life-altering. But just because your family has suffered this loss doesn’t mean you should continue to suffer under the financial weight of the accident. If you have questions about an Indiana school bus accident your child was involved in, we can help answer your questions and get you on the road to recovery. Call us today for a completely free consultation at (888) 204-8440.


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