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School bus accidents and fatalities

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a fact sheet reviewing accidents involving school buses, or vehicles functioning as school buses, over the period between 2004 and 2013. In those 10 years, there were 1,214 fatal motor vehicle accidents involving school buses. Georgia parents might be interested in this information so that they can be aware of any risks children face when in or near these vehicles.

Ensuring the safety of children around school buses is always a priority, and there are many laws and regulations that deal with this issue. However, there are accidents involving these vehicles and school-age children, defined as those who under 18 years of age, are sometimes the victims. In the period referred to in the NHTSA fact sheet, 1,344 people were killed in accidents involving school buses. Of those, 116 were school-age pedestrians and 54 were school-age occupants of the buses. Drivers of school buses were sometimes fatally injured as well.

It is always important to know when the highest number of fatalities occur for each type of motor vehicle accident. In the case of school buses, the highest number of fatalities occurred between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., hours when there is more traffic, both with vehicles and pedestrians, due to the beginning and ending of the school day.

Parents entrust the safety of their children to those who are transporting them to and from school or to a school-related activity. In the event that there is an accident caused by an inattentive or otherwise negligent driver, the parents of an injured school-age child may wish to obtain the assistance of a personal injury attorney in seeking compensation from the responsible party.

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