A man was driving on his way to an appointment when he passed a school bus that was stopped with its red lights flashing, as it was dropping off children after school. Just seconds before the driver went around the bus illegally, a boy had gotten off the bus to cross the street when he was hit and killed by this negligent driver. Unfortunately, this devastating story isn’t unique.
Far too many children are injured or killed every year when they are entering or exiting buses. Because drivers fail to stop for school buses when they should, it is important that parents talk with their children about school bus safety. Here are some school bus safety tips to help keep your children as safe as possible:
- Walk to a bus stop and not run
- Be cautious and mindful when getting on or off of a bus
- Never dart off of a bus or into moving traffic
- Stop before crossing in front of or behind a bus to look for traffic
- Look both ways before crossing the street to see if there are cars
- Only cross the street in a crosswalk
- Only cross the street if all drivers have stopped and made eye contact with you
Unfortunately, there are distracted, reckless, and negligent drivers sharing the road with school buses that can harm our children. While parents cannot control the actions of other drivers, parents can help protect their children by talking with them about the aforementioned things, in order to reduce their child’s chance of being in a South Florida pedestrian accident.
Children should be kept safe as they are traveling to and from school, whether by bus, bike, car, or walking. When drivers fail to yield to children and obey road rules, they should be held accountable for the injuries innocent children have suffered following a Florida bus accident, pedestrian accident, car crash, or bicycle accident.
If your child was injured by a reckless driver, you should speak with a skilled South Florida injury attorney today. Call the Law Office of David Benenfeld at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] for a free consultation and learn about your rights to holding the driver accountable.