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Hardly a month goes by, it seems, without a report of another school bus accident occurring somewhere in the region. Though they are overall rather rare, school bus accidents should serve as a reminder to be concerned about safety and safe driving practices in the early morning and afternoon hours – a time when buses can typically be seen on the road. Learn how you can make the roads safer for everyone, including buses, with the following tips and guidelines.
Be a Responsible Driver
In addition to typical safe driving practices (i.e. following the speed limit, obeying traffic laws, not driving impaired), drivers should be extra cautious whenever they see a school bus. If you are following one, pay close attention and remember that they must stop frequently. If you are on an undivided road or directly behind one when they do stop, never pass and stay alert; children can often be unpredictable and may still be present, even after the bus takes off.
Encourage Your Children to be Safe Riders
Approximately 25 million children in the United States ride a bus to and from school each day. For the most part, that is a very positive thing; school busses reduce emissions and morning traffic (making the roads safer, overall), and they are specifically designed with passenger safety in mind. But to be fully effective, all riders must know and follow the rules. Encourage your children to be safe riders with the following tips:
Injuries or Wrongful Death during a School Bus Accident? Seek Qualified Legal Advice
School buses truly do make the roads safer, and accidents are typically rare. If, however, one has happened and you or someone you love has suffered injury or wrongful death, it is crucial that you seek qualified and experienced legal counsel. The DuPage County personal injury attorneys at Martoccio & Martoccio have a proven track record of success. To learn how they may be able to help with your case, call 630-920-8855 and schedule your free initial consultation today.