Teach your children proper behavior so when they ride the bus they are better equipped to avoid injuries while traveling. School bus accidents and injuries occur often and are highly preventable. Below we have outlined tips and guidelines to keep your little ones safe as they travel to and from school/day care.

Even if you walk your children to the bus stop every morning, you can’t fully protect them once they board and the driver pulls away from the curb. However, there are certain safety instructions you can share with them to try and minimize their chances of getting hurt, especially if the bus gets into an accident.                                                                                                          

If your child has suffered critical injuries as the result of a Texas school bus accident, be sure to contact Fort Worth attorney Tom Hall who is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has more than 30 years of experience defending children who’ve suffered major injuries. If you’ll contact the Law Offices of Tom Hall by calling 1-817-6100 today, you can schedule your FREE consultation.                                                         

Mr. Hall will meet with you and help you evaluate your case to see if there’s clear evidence of negligence. He’ll also tell you if he believes it’s possible for you to obtain damages that will cover your child’s losses due to current and future medical bills, pain and suffering, and various other expenses.

Our firm represents Texas children harmed in school bus accidents who’ve suffered:

  • Bone fractures
  • Severe or traumatic brain injuries
  • Disfigurement and loss of limbs
  • Crushing injuries
  • Extensive physical scarring
  • Extreme blood loss
  • Death

While representing our clients, we’re often asked to provide safety suggestions that can help protect other children from being hurt while riding school busses. Here’s some of the general information we often share. (However, we also recommend you visit other websites like SafeKids.org for additional safety tips on this and other topics).

Useful Safety Tips to Help Children Minimize All Potential School Bus Injuries

  • Seatbelt usage. When seatbelts are provided, tell your kids to always wear them and to remain in their whenever the bus is moving and until your child has been given permission to get off the bus;
  • Use of handrails while boarding and exiting a bus. This step often proves critical, especially when a bus is hit while children are in motion;
  • Tell your children there should never be any pushing, shoving or throwing of objects inside the bus -- or at others passing by outside. All misbehavior makes it doubly hard for the bus driver to maintain order, especially since she needs to keep both eyes focused on the road outside and not on children requiring discipline;
  • Explain to children that it can be very dangerous to walk around a school bus after disembarking. Far too often, car drivers aren’t very alert and they’re eager to hit the gas and move forward once they think all of the kids have safely made it to the sidewalk. Sadly, many kids may still be standing or walking in their blind spots;
  • Make sure your kids never jaywalk or dash across a busy street or intersection to catch a bus. Tell them that this will greatly increase their chances of getting hit and that you’d rather they find a phone and call you -- to let you know they’re running late and taking a later bus;
  • If your child ever drops something while exiting the bus (or prior to leaving it). Tell your child to alert the bus driver so he or she can wait until the object is safely located before driving away;
  • Take note of all dangerous bus stop locations. Be sure to notify the school district or private bus company (or both) about the need to relocate “stops” that may put your children at added risk of coming into contact with illegal drug activity, people leaving bars or other questionable locations;
  • Tell children to always try to catch the bus driver’s eye before ever trying to cross in front of a school bus after disembarking. Kids should also be told to always look both ways before crossing streets at an intersection – or after getting off a bus;
  • If your children believe a bus driver is driving in a seriously impaired state, be sure they know to alert you to the problem right away.  This same warning holds true for any driver who tries to use a cell phone (for a non-emergency purpose) while driving.

For More information regarding school bus injury statistics, please read the following: 

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811890.pdf

 

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