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New York Law Firm Reminds Public of School Bus Safety


In the United States, more than 23 million children ride on school buses every day. Although most children return home safely, accidents do happen in and around the school bus. Injuries can range from bruising due to a slip and fall accident, to a catastrophic injury resulting from a child being struck by an oncoming vehicle.

The law requires all drivers to stop when school bus lights are flashing. This is the law in all 50 states. Police officers throughout the country, however, find that some drivers fail to obey this law, which may result in tradegy.

In a report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), between 1995 and 2005, approximately 1,500 people lost their lives as a result of school bus-related accidents. Although a large majority of people killed were occupants of other vehicles, an average of 16 children are killed each year in school bus-related accidents.

School bus accidents leave a lasting impression on any parent’s mind. Not only do they remind us that we need to promote school bus safety in the home, but also brings up the issue of whether seat belt use should be required.

Due to the sheer size and weight of a school bus, some experts believe seat belts are not necessary and would only add a financial burden to many school districts. Other experts believe shoulder and lap belts would certainly limit the number of injuries and would certainly save lives.

If you have a child who has been injured in a school bus accident or have a question, we can help you. Please contact The Barnes Firm @ 1-800-483-2050, or e-mail For addition information, you can visit the firm’s website at


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