School Bus Accident Statistics: Understand Your Child’s Risk

School bus accidents are rare compared to other motor vehicle accidents, but they can still have devastating consequences and a debilitating emotional impact. Our attorneys in San Diego, CA, can help you understand school bus accident statistics so you can make sense of the risk involved in these cases. As your legal counsel, we can also seek compensation for physical and emotional damages you have suffered. If your child was hurt in a school bus accident, we can help you seek the compensation you deserve. Contact our law firm today to learn more.

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School Bus Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), since 2003 school bus accidents and other school-related motor vehicle collisions resulted in an average of 135 deaths per year. In most cases, the victims in these accidents are either the bus driver, occupants of other vehicles, or pedestrians. Only 8 percent of fatalities in school-related transportation accidents were passengers of the bus other other school vehicle. 

The most common injuries sustained by children in school bus accidents are bruises, lacerations, and fractured or broken bones. Bus drivers, pedestrians, and other motorists are more likely to suffer severe, life-threatening injuries such as head or brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. While children are less likely to suffer debilitating or fatal injuries from these accidents, trauma can be severe. This trauma can lead to emotional and mental suffering that lasts for the rest of their lives.

While many children are safe when riding the bus, many accidents can involve young pedestrians being struck by a bus or school vehicle. According to the NHTSA, 119 children have died in school-related transportation accidents since 2003. On average, eight child pedestrians are killed by school transportation vehicles such as buses and other vehicles used as buses every year. Another four children are killed by other motor vehicles involved in school-bus-related crashes as well. It is not a surprise that more school-age pedestrians are killed from 7 am. to 8 am and from 3 pm to 4 pm than at any other time in the day.

Our attorneys can help you establish liability and seek due compensation for all emotional and physical suffering to help you focus on recovering.

Are School Buses Safe?

School buses transport nearly 25 million children daily, and many of these buses lack the safety equipment that comes standard on passenger cars, such as seat belts and air bags. In 2016, the NHTSA made the recommendation that all school buses be modified to provide passengers both lap and shoulder belts. Several states have seat belt requirements for school buses already in place. Many others are slowly phasing in the changes. While these preventive measures can help protect school bus passengers and others in the future, if you or a loved one were injured in an accident, we can help now. Our attorneys can help you establish liability and seek due compensation for all emotional and physical suffering to help you focus on recovering.

Understand Your Legal Options

If you have questions about these statistics or the safety of school buses in California, our attorneys can provide the counsel you need. If your child was injured in a school bus accident, contact our law firm online or call (619) 272-4028 to review your legal options.