Back To School – Watch Out for School Buses

August 29, 2023  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

Our children’s safety is probably one of the most critical aspects of road safety, especially during their daily commute to and from school. School buses play a vital role in providing a safe and convenient means of transportation for students. Unfortunately, accidents can still happen, and there are moments when children have been injured while waiting for or boarding the school bus. As the new school year begins, it’s essential to understand the laws and guidelines related to school buses. Continue reading our blog as we discuss some tips to help you watch out for school buses.

Stop for School Buses and Be Cautious

One of the most important rules to remember when driving is to stop when a school bus has its red lights flashing and the stop sign extended. This indicates that children are either boarding or exiting the bus. It’s important to give them enough space and time to do so safely. Whether you’re approaching from behind or from the opposite direction on a two-lane road, you must come to a complete stop until the lights stop flashing and the stop sign is retracted. When driving near bus stops, watch out for pedestrians and be prepared to stop.

Keep a Safe Following Distance

When driving behind a school bus, you should always maintain a safe following distance. This guarantees you have time to react if the bus suddenly stops or if children need to cross the road. Children can be extremely unpredictable, so giving yourself extra space is key to keeping everyone safe.

School Zone Speed Limits

School buses operate within designated school zones, where lower speed limits are enforced during certain hours. These reduced speed limits are in place to protect children and ensure their safety as they travel to and from school. Pay close attention to school zone signs and be prepared to reduce your speed accordingly.

Stay Informed of Local Laws and Regulations

Traffic laws can vary from one jurisdiction to another. It’s best to familiarize yourself with the specific rules regarding school buses in your area. This knowledge ensures that you are familiar with local regulations, which not only helps keep children safe but also prevents you from facing legal issues.

Contact Barna, Guzy & Steffen

With the start of the school year approaching, it’s important for all motorists to be aware of and watch out for school buses. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury at a school bus stop because of the negligence of others, our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys are here to help. At Barna, Guzy & Steffen, we’ll work closely with you and your family to ensure you understand your case. We will pursue your claim both out of court and in court until a resolution is achieved. Contact us today!