The Press of Atlantic City recently featured an article regarding a 4-year-old boy who was the victim of a school bus accident. A school bus hit the child as he was crossing the street with two members of his family. The boy survived the collision, but suffered serious injuries. As of this writing, the boy was hospitalized for treatment and authorities were still investigating the cause of the wreck. Still, this accident does raise questions about school bus safety in Atlantic City.
What Can Parents Do to Improve School Bus Safety for Their Children?
Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving safety for children, features school bus safety tips on their website, including but not limited to the following:
- Take your kids to the bus stop and wait with them there until the bus arrives. While waiting at the bus stop, tell your children, stand at least three giant steps back from the curb. When the kids board the bus, make sure they do it one at a time.
- Make sure your children know to never walk behind a school bus.
- Tell your kids to wait until the school bus comes to a complete stop before boarding or exiting the bus.
- If your children need to cross the street before boarding or after exiting a school bus, make sure they know to make eye contact with the bus driver before crossing the street. In addition, before crossing the road, the children should step far enough in front of the bus (usually five giant steps) that the bus driver can clearly see them as they cross. Finally, before crossing the street, the kids should look left, right and left again for oncoming traffic.
Our New Jersey injury law firm have been helping the victims of motor vehicle accidents in Cape May and Atlantic City hold those at fault accountable for years, including recovering $1.2 million for the victims of a car wreck involving defective construction and a New Jersey Transit bus. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to learn more about what to do if you or a loved one is the victim of a personal injury accident such as a school bus crash.