It is that time of year again. The school year has finally arrived, and students all across Ocala are getting on their busses and heading to class! Speaking of buses, how much do you know when it comes to bus safety? Here at Pam Olsen Personal Injury, our team of experts are here to ensure you have all the information you need to keep your children safe.
Bus Safety is Important
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the school bus is the safest vehicle on the road—your child is much safer taking a bus to and from school than traveling by car. Although four to six school-age children die each year on school transportation vehicles, that’s less than one percent of all traffic fatalities nationwide. NHTSA believes school buses should be as safe as possible. That’s why our safety standards for school buses are above and beyond those for regular buses.
Students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a bus instead of traveling by car. That’s because school buses are the most regulated vehicles on the road.
Parents Can Help Too!
It all starts at the bus stop. Your child should arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Visit the bus stop and show your child where to wait for the bus: at least three giant steps away from the curb. Remind your child that the bus stop is not a place to run or play. Remember, your child should never walk behind a school bus. Your child should also make eye contact with the bus driver before crossing to make sure the driver can see them. If your child drops something near the school bus, like a ball or book, the safest thing is for your child to tell the bus driver right away.
Call Us Today!
Make sure your kids stay safe and alert when they ride a school bus in Ocala. We know all about school bus safety/ Pamela Olsen, Attorney, and Counselor at Law, P.A., is an experienced attorney who strives to help clients with their legal issues. She has a winning history in the accident and wrongful death cases in Ocala, Florida. Call today for more information!