Across the nation more school bus stop accidents are being reported that cause serious injury and death to young children on their way to or from school. The greatest risk to your child is not in riding a bus, but in approaching or leaving their school bus on any given day.
School Bus Stop Accidents Rising
Over 24-million children take a bus to school each day. Across the country more than 13-million times a year a driver will illegally pass a stopped school bus. The Georgia DOT urges drivers throughout the school year to put back to school safety first when around school zones, when children are on or near the roadway, and when a school bus is loading or unloading students Children in Georgia have suffered needlessly with severe injury and death due to a driver not paying attention, and not following traffic safety laws.
Georgia Bus Stop Laws Changed
For the school year 2018-2019 school year when driving through a school zone and passing buses. New laws require drivers to stop for a loading or unloading bus in most cases. The only exceptions to this rule is when highway is separated in the center by a dirt, grass or concrete median, or a center turn lane. In these specific situations, only vehicles following or traveling alongside a school bus in the same direction must stop.
School Bus Stop Accidents Statistics
While an average of seven students are killed in school bus crashes each year, 19 are killed getting on and off the bus. Most of those killed are children between ages 5 and 7 who are hit in what the Georgia state agency ominously calls the “Danger Zone” around the bus, either by a vehicle passing a bus with its red lights flashing or by the school bus itself.
Georgia School Bus Stop Enforcement
Georgia school districts are now initiating a new enforcement program where cameras are used as a way to enforce safety laws near school buses. Cobb County school district is using this method to collect footage and pass the video on to police to issue tickets of those violating the stopped school bus laws. Use of these cameras are being utilized in other states around the country as well as in Georgia following school bus stop accidents where children were killed.
School Bus Stop Accidents Attorney
Parents have a right to expect their children will be able to get on the school bus and ride to school and back home again safely. If your child was involved in an accident by a bus driver, a driver illegally passing a stopped bus loading students, or while waiting at a bus stop, Joel Baskin is the attorney to call. He is an expert concerning any school bus stop or roadway incident. Call the office for a confidential review of your case and situation.