Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers Provide School Bus Safety Tips

As we gear up for the start of a new school year, now is a good time to remind parents and drivers about the importance of keeping kids safe in and around school buses. School buses are by far the safest way for students to travel to and from school, but sadly, accidents sometimes happen. Maryland accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton provide the following advice to help keep kids safe the entire school year.

Advice for Parents

As a parent, your child’s safety is likely at the forefront of your mind; but as the first day of school approaches, your children are probably thinking more about who they will sit next to on the bus, or what they can expect when they reach school. Before the first day and throughout the school year, remind your children about the importance of staying safe in and around school buses.

  • Wait with your kids at the bus stop or designate a responsible adult to wait with them until the bus arrives. Remind your child to stand at least three giant steps back and wait for the driver to open the door before approaching the bus.
  • When on the bus, kids should speak quietly and avoid any behavior that could be a distraction to the driver. Kids should always stay seated while the bus is moving, and never stick anything out of the window.
  • If your child has to cross the street after exiting the bus, he or she should always cross at least ten feet in front of the bus, and only after making eye contact with the bus driver. Teach your kids to always look left, right, and left again before crossing any street. If your child drops something, instruct him or her to get the bus driver’s attention before stopping to pick it up.

Advice for Drivers – Share the Road Safely

School buses must make frequent stops to pick up and drop off students. Unfortunately, this process can slow down traffic during times when many people are rushing to and from work. Impatient drivers may be tempted to pass a stopped school bus actively loading or unloading students. Not only is this illegal – it can have tragic consequences.

All school buses are equipped with alternately flashing yellow or red lights designed to alert other drivers to the possible presence of children. Unless the bus is on the other side of a highway divided by a physical barrier, the driver of any vehicle following or approaching a school bus may not proceed until the bus resumes motion or the lights are deactivated. Maryland law requires drivers to stop at least 20 feet from the rear of a stopped school bus if approaching from the rear, and 20 feet from the front of the bus if approaching from the front. Violators face fines of up to $250.

Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Those Injured in School Bus Accidents

At LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, we understand the devastating losses suffered by families who have had a child seriously injured in a school bus accident. Our compassionate and dedicated Maryland bus accident lawyers fight for those harmed because of another person’s negligence or carelessness. To schedule your free consultation, call 800-547-4LAW (4529) today or contact us online.

Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie and Towson. We  represent accident victims all throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood and Elkridge.