If your children have recently returned to school or are attending for the first time, you are likely already aware of the importance of school bus safety in Florida. However, even those of us who merely share the road with these vehicles must be acquainted with school bus safety rules.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the school bus is one of the safest vehicles on the road. This is excellent news for parents, but it doesn’t mean that those operating a vehicle near a school bus should throw caution to the wind. Busses can do devastating damage to smaller motor vehicles during a collision and children who are boarding or disembarking from a bus are also at risk of being struck by a car if everyone isn’t careful.
Fortunately, by following some simple bus safety rules, you can ensure that everyone stays protected. Our Florida personal injury attorney shares some school bus safety tips appropriate for both parents and motorists.
Young children may not perceive the dangers that a massive school bus can pose, so it is up to their parents and guardians to impress the importance of safety upon them. You can so do by encouraging your child to be patient and to understand the necessity of always walking or standing where the bus driver can see them.
School bus boarding and disembarking safety tips for students and their parents include:
If you are a motorist driving behind a school bus or through a school zone, keep these safety tips in mind:
For more information on school bus safety rules and the penalties drivers face for failing to follow the law, visit the School Bus Safety guide published by the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.
Have you or someone you love been in an accident involving a school bus? Contact our Panama City personal injury attorney for a free consultation. The Pittman Firm, P.A. has been representing wrongfully injured Floridians for over 30 years.