Safety Tips for Back to School 2019 Safety Tips for Back to School 2019

With the 2019 school year on its way, that means more children and buses on the road. It is more important than ever for students, bus drivers and other motorists to be alert and cautious while on the road.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the greatest risk a child faces when going to school, is not riding the bus, it is approaching or leaving one. From 2008 to 2017, there were 264 school-age children killed in school-transportation-related crashes. 203 of those children were either walking, waiting for the bus, biking or in another vehicle.

Do your part by following these important safety tips to ensure everyone’s safety.

Drivers:

  • Stop for School Buses: Give yourself extra time for your commute. When school buses stop, drivers need to as well.
  • On a school bus, yellow lights mean slow down, red lights mean stop. You must wait at least 20 feet behind the bus.
  • When driving in the morning or afternoon, always be on high alert for students in neighborhoods and when backing out of driveways.

Parents and Students:

  • Talk about bus safety at home.
  • Arrive early to the bus stop.
  • Stay five steps away from the curb.
  • Always wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before entering or exiting.
  • Look both ways before crossing the road after getting off the bus.

Sadly, you cannot always protect your children from an accident. It is important, however, to hold negligent parties accountable for your child’s injuries. If your child was injured in an accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 for a free no obligation consultation.

Source:
NHTSA, “Back to School Safety Tips”