Sharing the Road with School Buses
The wheels on the bus go round and round once again as another school year begins. As drivers commute to and from work they will be sharing the road with school buses filled with children. The school bus drivers have been screened and are well trained with operating their vehicle, but are you prepared to share the road with these big, bright yellow buses?
This week as the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles continues promoting Child Safety Awareness Month, the campaign will be focusing on School Bus Safety Tips for Students as well as Tips for Motorists who will be sharing the roads with the school buses.
School Bus Accidents
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, school buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school, but just because school buses are designed for safety doesn’t mean accidents don’t happen.
In June 2016, a Fort Myers High School student died after he was hit by a car when he was trying to get on his school bus. The school bus was stopped with the stop sign arm extended when a vehicle failed to stop for the school bus and struck the student.
School Bus Laws
All states have certain school bus laws which drivers need to follow. Protect our children and know the laws about what to do when approaching a school bus. The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is reminding drivers, “Stop on Red, Kids Ahead” during child safety awareness month. Motorists need to always drive with caution and be alert near school buses and school zones. Some tips they have for motorists include:
- All drivers moving in either direction on a two-way street must stop for a school bus displaying a stop signal, and must remain stopped until the road is clear of children AND the school bus stop arm is withdrawn.
- On a highway divided by a paved median, all drivers moving in either direction must stop for a school bus displaying a stop signal, and must remain stopped until the road is clear of children AND the school bus stop arm is withdrawn.
- On a highway divided by a raised barrier or an unpaved median at least 5 feet wide, drivers moving in the opposite direction do not have to stop for the bus (painted lines or pavement markings are not considered barriers). However, these motorists should slow down and watch for students loading or unloading from the bus.
For more information on School Bus Safety Tips for Motorists and to view a diagram outlining Florida law for stopping for school buses visit School Bus Safety.
When you need an Attorney
Any vehicle accident is tragic but there are no words that can describe how devastating it is if a child is injured or killed from a school bus accident. If someone you love has been the victim of a school bus accident, the personal injury attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz are here to fight for you. We have over 50 years of experience in personal injury involving vehicle accidents. We have six offices to serve you. Our locations are in Fort Myers (2 offices to serve you), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres and Port Charlotte for your convenience. Call us today and set up your appointment for a free consultation.