Now that school is back in session, the roads are more congested in the mornings. Unfortunately, more congestion often means more motor vehicle collisions and subsequent personal injury claims. Although school buses are the safest way for children to get to and from school, accidents can and do still happen at bus stops and in traffic. Below, the compassionate team at Glacier Law Firm in Kalispell, MT, shares a few tips for ensuring your kids’ safety during the school year.
Protect Your Kids With These School Bus Safety Tips
1. Get Your Family out the Door With Plenty of Time to Spare
You are more likely to partake in risky behaviors, like failing to look both ways before crossing the street or speeding through the neighborhood, when running late. Whether you walk or drive your kids to the bus stop, try to get them out the door at a reasonable time every morning so you do not have to rush.
2. Avoid the Bus Driver’s Blind Spots
As a parent, it is your job to set a good example, and regardless of what you say, your kids are ultimately going to mimic what you do. That means you should always exercise caution when approaching a bus so they will, too. This includes approaching from the sidewalk and staying out of the driver’s blind spots, or the “danger zone,” which is approximately 10 feet around the bus in every direction.
3. Cross With Caution
If you have to cross the street on the way to the bus stop, make sure your kids see you looking both ways first, even if you live in a suburban neighborhood with little traffic. This will get them in the habit of crossing safely when on the way to or from the bus stop.
Unfortunately, you can follow all the safety tips in the world and still end up in a collision because of a reckless or distracted driver. If you or your children sustained injuries in a bus or pedestrian accident, turn to Glacier Law Firm in Kalispell, MT. A lawyer on their team will help you file a personal injury claim that will hold the liable party accountable. To learn more about the firm’s legal services, visit their website or call (406) 552-4343 to schedule an initial consultation with a personal injury attorney today.