Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) June 30, 2011
Parents trust school buses to safely transport more than 23.5 million children to and from school every day. However, some of these buses are poorly maintained, lack seatbelts and other proper safety restraints, and are driven by inadequately trained and overworked drivers. As a result, 12,000 children are injured every year in school bus accidents.
Children are at risk not only when riding the bus, but also are in danger when getting on and off the bus. Statistics show that children are three times more likely to be killed while entering or exiting a bus than when they are riding on the bus. This is primarily due to negligent motorists ignoring laws and not stopping when a bus is picking up or dropping off students, but sometimes the cause is the bus driver's negligence or even the school district's placement of a school bus stop in a location that subjects children to an unreasonable risk of harm as they walk home.
Solomon and Relihan are Phoenix injury attorneys with more than 30 years experience helping accident victims in Maricopa County and throughout Arizona. They have compiled the following list of causes and types of school bus accidents.
Causes of School Bus Accidents
Injuries and deaths in and around school buses and bus stops can be caused by one or more of the following:
Distracted or inattentive motorists
Inexperienced or inadequately trained bus drivers
Drivers fatigued from working too many hours
Poorly maintained brakes, lights, reflectors and other safety systems
Negligent placement of a bus stop near busy streets and other dangerous areas
Bus stop accidents are the most fatal type of bus accident. These accidents often are caused by drivers failing to heed the school bus stop sign and striking a child getting on or off a bus. Even if the drivers obey the stop sign, they still need to use extra caution after the sign is raised, as children may still be nearby.