As unbelievable as it may sound, there are quite a few fatal accidents which still occur in this country involving students while continuing and off the chartered bus.
According to published figures from the Kansas Department of transportation and other sources concur that fatalities and injuries in the loading and unloading zone, rightfully called the 'danger zone', accounted for 13 fatal accidents, involving K-12 school children. Of the 13 fatalities, 7 occurred behind the bus and 6 were killed by passing motorist.
Pedestrian fatalities at the 'danger zone' are thrice as many as school bus occupant fatalities. This definitely makes the time of getting on and off the school bus, among the more potentially dangerous part with the bus ride.
The reason why the 'danger zone' is potentially so hazardous is as this is the area on every side of the bus where the children are not seen from your driver (ten feet watching the bus where the driver may be seated excessive or ten feet on either side of public transit where a child end up being in the driver's blind spot, and the area behind the school bus).
Considering the increase in such fatalities there already been several mandatory product and design alterations in school buses implemented. For instance, the federal rule requires all new buses a great 8-amp lamp warning system and stop signal give.
While the number of such accidents in the 'danger zone' has significantly reduced over the years, the college Transportation Section of the National Safety Council recommends that training on various aspects of getting on and off the bus should be sent both to pupils and students.
Here are some simple guidelines which can train your youngster while he is getting prepared to get off and on his school bus:
-Avoid any rowdy behavior while watching for the coach bus. Stay calm and do not stray on to the streets.
-Remain beyond your street when the bus approaches.
-After entering the bus, find a seat and sit low.
-Keep your head, neck and arms inside the bus.
-When college arrives, wait for a bus to visit a complete halt prior to getting up via the seat.
-Keep the aisle in the bus totally free of clutter.
-Walk at least 10 feet ahead for this bus to the side of the road, if you have to cross the queue in front of the actual bus.
-Wait for that driver to provide you the 'walk' signal prior to starting to cross the motoring.
-While crossing the road, keep the eyes for oncoming traffic.
-Always keep clear of the rear wheels in the bus.
Lawrence L. Buckfire is a Michigan Child Injury lawyer that represents victims of child injury cases. Also you can request a free copy our book, 'Little Kids, BIG ACCIDENTS' to your legal rights after an accident and accident case.