It’s time for the kids to go back to school. That means kids going to and from school houses, getting on and off school buses, and many more buses sharing the roads with traditional motorists. That also means more chance of car accidents, bus accidents, and personal injuries to children and adults. For children, this is especially true outside of buses, more so than on them, as children are far more likely to suffer a personal injury walking to school then they are riding a school bus. Most bus related accidents involving children involve kids getting on the bus or off the bus. Because of this, it is important to be mindful of these big yellow vehicles on the roadways. The National Safety Counsel has put together a list of safety tips related to sharing the road with school buses. That list of injury preventing tips can be found by clicking here. It is not just buses that adults need to be aware of. Kids on foot, and kids on bicycles heading to and from school should also be on everyone’s radar. Awareness is the best way to prevent a tragic personal injury from taking place. We all need to work to keep not only ourselves safe, but also those around us. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a personal injury in an accident that was the fault of someone else, contact a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Only a personal injury attorney can properly advise you of your rights with respect to what happened.
Sadly, earlier this month there was another fatal accident involving a school bus here in Illinois. While the official cause of the incident that left one person dead and dozens injured is still not known, the accident in Lake County highlights the need for better safety and institutional controls when it comes to school buses in Illinois. Our firm has been involved in multiple school bus cases over recent years, handling cases on behalf of victims including a case of assault by a bus driver and a fatal crash where a school bus stuck a fire truck on the way to call. School buses need to be as safe as possible, not only to protect the children they transport, but also others on the road, as, let’s face it, school buses are large vehicles that can do a lot of damage, and cause serious personal injuries, when they are involved in collisions. Monitoring the safe operating condition of the buses themselves, making sure the bus drivers are properly qualified, and doing whatever can be done to make sure all school bus drivers are safe operators of the buses should be at the top of anyone’s agenda who has a say in school bus safety. Personal injury lawyers will continue to fight for those injured in school bus accidents, but others need to also do their part to prevent these tragedies from happening in the first place. School bus safety benefits everyone.