The safest seat in a school bus is generally in the middle, in an aisle seat on the right hand side, between the tires. It’s safer if there's a head-on, side and rear-end collision. It is also less bumpy and jarring to the body.
In addition, studies show that children are often injured approaching or leaving the bus. Here are some safety tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Get to the bus stop at least five minutes early.
- When the bus approaches, stand at least three giant steps (6 feet) away from the curb, and line up away from the street.
- Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it's okay before stepping onto the bus.
- If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk to a point at least five giant steps (10 feet) ahead of the bus before you cross. Be sure that the bus driver can see you before starting to cross. Look both ways for any cars that are not stopping for the bus.
- Use the handrails to avoids falls. When exiting the bus, be careful that clothing with drawstrings, and book bags with straps don't get caught in the handrails or doors.
- Never walk behind the bus.
- After exiting the bus, walk at least three giant steps (6 feet) away from the side of the bus.
- If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you.
If your child is hurt on a school bus, it’s important to make an immediate record of the incident of the accident and your child’s injuries with the bus driver and with the school. Then call us for a free consultation. There is more than one claim that can be made to be sure your child’s medical expenses are fully covered and you receive a pain and suffering award for your child.
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