Q: Are school buses safe for children?
A lot of parents ask themselves, "Are school buses safe?" Generally speaking, it’s relatively safe to allow children to ride on school buses. A report by the US Department of Transportation states: “The safety record for school bus transportation exceeds that of all other modes of travel.”
School Bus Safety Statistics
So how safe are school buses? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), students are 50 times more likely to arrive at school alive if they take the bus rather than driving themselves or riding with friends.
Kids may even be safer riding the bus to school than riding with a parent. Twenty-three percent of student fatalities during school travel hours were traveling with an adult driver compared to one percent who were traveling by school bus, the NHTSA reports.
Why Buses are Safe
The NHTSA and the American School Bus Council (ASBC) explain that buses are safer because they have the following.
- rigorous crush standards.
- flashing red lights and a bright yellow color for increased visibility.
- well-trained and thoroughly screened drivers.
- and, added safety features such as cross view mirrors and stop arm signs.
The ASBC provides several other benefits of taking the bus over driving to school, such as the following.
- kids can safety text and study while on the bus.
- tardiness rates amongst those taking the bus is much lower.
- a “20-mile round-trip school commute saves an approximate $420 annually for each student who rides the bus and an approximate $10.9 billion nationwide.”
Bus Accident Injuries and Fatalities
Even with all the safety precautions though, bus accidents do occur on occasion. From 2003 to 2012, 1,222 fatal school-transportation-related accidents have occurred, according to the NHTSA. If your child sustained serious or fatal injuries in a bus accident, or if you were injured by a school bus, call attorney Jason Schultz for a free legal consultation in Atlanta.
Contact our accident injury team today at 404-474-0804.