Millions of children board a school bus every day during the school year, trusting their safety to drivers and road rules. But how safe are these journeys?
Reviewing the Numbers
First, it's essential to recognize that school buses are generally safer than other vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, students are much more likely to get to school safely when taking a bus instead of driving. However, accidents do happen, and the consequences can be severe when they do.
Last year, more than 100 school transportation-related fatalities occurred in the U.S. While this number may seem low considering the vast number of buses in operation, any loss of young life is tragic and unacceptable. Furthermore, these statistics don't account for the numerous non-fatal injuries that occur, many of which can have long-term effects on a child's health and well-being.
Causes of Bus Accidents
So, what are the key factors contributing to these incidents? Unsurprisingly, driver error tops the list. This includes distracted driving, speeding, failing to yield, and other reckless behaviors. Poor vehicle maintenance is another significant contributor, with faulty brakes, worn tires, and other mechanical issues often playing a role in accidents.
Weather conditions can also pose a risk. Slippery roads, poor visibility, and harsh weather can make the most routine commute hazardous. Despite these challenges, school districts and bus companies are responsible for ensuring every child arrives at their destination safely.
Maring Williams Law Office is Here For You
At Maring Williams Law Office, we believe in holding negligent parties accountable. We have dedicated our practice to protecting the rights of young passengers and their families impacted by school bus accidents. Our expertise lies in thoroughly investigating these incidents, identifying the responsible parties, and pursuing just compensation for our clients.
Remember, safety isn't just about statistics — it's about real lives, families, and futures. Trust Maring Williams Law Office to fight for yours. Contact Maring Williams Law Office online or by phone to get started. (701) 402-6644