Virginia School Bus Safety Tips

The nights and mornings are getting darker and typically accidents involving kids rise later in the fall. If you are using a school bus it’s important to take school bus safety tips.

Every year the number of kids killed in school bus accidents reaches double digits. Many of these accidents could have been avoided if basic safety precautions were taken.

School Bus Safety Week, which is held in October, helps raise awareness of the issues for children.

Here are some of the things you should and should not do in and around school buses.

Five Top Virginia School Bus Safety Tips

1 Always wait for the school bus to make a full stop before you approach it or get off it. The driver may be still getting the bus into the right position and you could be seriously injured or killed by a school bus, even at a low rate of speed.

2 Know the rules. Explain the basic safety rules very carefully to students so they are all acting in the same way.

school buses in Norfolk

Norfolk school buses

3 Keep Your Distance. Students should stay five giant steps away from the road and wait until the driver has told them to approach before they can get on the bus, states the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

4 Don’t Walk Behind. Never walk behind a school bus or be in a blind spot where the driver can’t see you.

5 Watch out for Other Vehicles. When they are leaving the bus, students should look left, right and left to make sure no other vehicles are approaching and wait for the driver to signal it's safe to cross the road.

You can help protect your children by taking some of these steps. However, once they are on a school bus, their safety is dependent on the driver.

Unfortunately, we have seen a spate of school bus crashes in Hampton Roads over the last few years. In March 2015, we noted school bus crashes in Poquoson and Suffolk that sent 11 students to local hospitals for injuries. I was relieved to read that the injuries that were reported were not serious.

If your child is hurt due to the actions of a school bus driver, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against a school board. Call us at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.

Griff O'Hanlon

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