While school-transportation-related accidents account for only a fraction of the fatal crashes each year (0.35 percent), they are often extremely devastating. This is because the victims in these accidents are often children. Even more tragic is that some never make it home. It is this very thought, and the ever-increasing prevalence of traffic crashes, distracted driving, and flat-out careless driving that has some parents pushing for cameras on school buses. They want to know that negligent drivers who choose to ignore safety rules around buses are held accountable.
School Transportation Crash Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the majority of school transportation accident fatalities are experienced by the drivers of other vehicles (71 percent). Pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-occupants account for another 21 percent of all school-transportation-related crash victims. Passengers who were on the bus or school transportation vehicle made up the remaining eight percent of victims.
Children Boarding and Exiting the Bus at Especially High Risk
Whenever a school bus stops and their sign is extended, drivers in both lanes of traffic are supposed to stop. Unfortunately, many ignore this safety law. In fact, according to a survey of 96,000 bus drivers, it happens about 75,000 times a day in the United States. Of course, not every incident leads to a fatality, but it is hard to dispute just how concerning this behavior is. This is especially true when you consider that 30 percent of the 119 school-aged pedestrians were hit by other vehicles. Many of them were simply crossing the street or walking along the side of the road as they prepared to board the bus or exited it to return home.
School Bus Cameras May Reduce Incidents
A camera, in and of itself, cannot prevent an accident from happening. However, it could serve as a deterrent – especially if there are penalties attached to being caught ignoring the safety laws on camera. Unfortunately, equipping the buses could prove to be a difficult task. In fact, many areas throughout Illinois have passed laws that permit the use of cameras on school bus arms, but few districts have taken steps to actually install them. Most blame budget restraints. Others simply may feel as though the rate of actual accident is not high enough to warrant the installation and use of the cameras.
Was Your Child a Victim in a School-Transportation-Related Accident? Contact Our Attorneys
The devastation that parents experience when a child is wrongfully killed cannot be expressed in mere words, and compensation could never even begin to make up for that loss. It can give families time off of work to grieve. It can cover medical expenses and meet their financial needs during a time when they need support. After what they have lost, it is the very least that they deserve.
At Mevorah Law Offices LLC, we give families the compassionate representation they need. Committed to their best interests, we handle all of the legal details so they can focus on healing and grieving. We handle every case with the utmost care and respect. If you or someone you love has experienced the loss or injury of a loved one in a school bus accident, contact our Joliet, IL auto accident lawyers for a free consultation. Call 815-726-9200 today.