On Monday, March 26, a St. Lucie school bus accident left parents throughout South Florida stunned. Such accidents are every parent's worst nightmare, and, while rare, fatal Florida school bus accidents do happen. However, most bus accident fatalities involve children who are pedestrians rather than passengers on school buses, and occur while children are getting on or off the bus.
West Palm Beach truck accident lawyer David Glatthorn suggests that parents discuss school bus safety with children both at the beginning of the year and at regular intervals throughout the school year. He offers 9 safety tips that can help prevent Florida school bus crashes.
- Get to the bus stop early, so you don't have to run to catch the bus. Many accidents occur when a running child slips and the driver can't see him.
- Wait for the bus in a safe place away from the road. Never sit, stand or play in or next to the road.
- Never speak to strangers at the bus stop. If a stranger asks you to get in a car, tell an adult immediately.
- Don't get on the bus until the driver says it is safe to do so.
- Wait till the driver says it's safe to cross the street. Look both ways and cross at least 12 feet in front of the bus. Never cross behind the school bus. If you drop something, don't try to pick it up. Ask an adult for help.
- Use the handrail when getting on or off the school bus.
- Stay seated while the bus is moving. Don't change seats.
- Wear your seatbelt.
- Follow any instructions given by the driver.
If your child is injured in a Florida school bus accident, contact a West Palm Beach truck accident lawyer to make sure that your rights are protected. Call David Glatthorn at 888-340-2620. The initial consultation is free.