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Ohio School Bus Accident Brings School Bus Safety Back In Public Eye
Ohio School Bus Accident Brings School Bus Safety Back in Public Eye
Ohio School Bus Accident Reminds Us How Important Safe Driving Can Be
With school back in full swing, parents and children may be starting to relax and get into the swing of things at school. However, a lack of vigilance can lead to dangerous or deadly consequences on the road. Each year, there are several of Ohio school bus crashes that injure and kill drivers and passengers. In 2013, there were 1,441 school bus crashes. Among these crashes, 279 passengers were injured and 2 were killed. These statistics are low compared with other vehicle crashes, but many Ohio school bus crashes can be prevented by safer driving on the part of the bus driver or drivers from other vehicles. [http://www.publicsafety.ohio.gov/links/2013CrashFacts.pdf, September 2014]
In early September, a school bus from Boone County was involved in an accident that injured both drivers and two preschool-aged passengers. The bus was traveling on U.S. 42 when it collided with a pickup truck. Police on the scene reported that the truck was northbound on U.S. 42 when it struck the bus, which was turning onto U.S. 42 from Meadowlake Way. All children were wearing seatbelts, and none of the children were critically injured. The police did not release which driver was at fault in this accident. No charges have been filed against the bus or pickup truck driver at this time. [http://www.fox19.com/story/26427421/school-bus-crash-with-injuries-reported-on-us-42-in-boone-co, September 2014]
School bus crashes often result in lawsuits against the bus driver or other drivers involved in an Ohio school bus accident. In April of 2014, the driver of a bus that collided with a FedEx truck and killed 10 passengers is involved in a negligence lawsuit by many of the remaining passengers and family members of the deceased passengers. Many victims are also suing the bus company and FedEx. [http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20140822/student-injured-in-orland-bus-crash-files-negligence-suit-against-fedex-bus-company, August 2014]
Wright & Schulte LLC notes the best way to keep children safe and avoid Ohio school bus accidents is by practicing safe driving habits when around school busses. Ohio has a no-texting or talking on cell phones law strictly enforced in school zones to help promote the safety of children. Drivers should also follow all other school bus laws, such as stopping behind a school bus when yellow or red lights are flashing and waiting for the red lights to turn off before passing the bus. Driving with a wide space between the bus and other vehicles can also promote safety- particularly during inclement weather.
Drivers can also watch for children and busses at all intersections and in school zones. Many bus crashes occur when the busses are turning. Drivers can help promote safety by allowing busses to turn with a wide berth of space and not cutting in front of a turning bus. Parents can also promote the safety of children on the bus by instructing them in safe bus habits, such as always wearing a seat belt where one is available, staying seated, and not causing distractions for the driver when the bus is moving. Everyday reminders for both drivers and bus passengers can help reduce Ohio’s school bus accident rate even further.
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