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Friday, March 20, 2009

Child Pedestrian Safety Near School Buses

While school bus accidents occur much less frequently than other motor vehicle accidents, the injuries sustained from them are often far more severe than those stemming from other accidents. This is primarily due to the fact that the majority of children injured in school bus accidents are pedestrians.

It is unrealistic to expect children under age 10 to exercise more caution in order to avoid these accidents. It is in their nature to be spontaneous and carefree, which in part leads to many of these accidents. As adults, it is our responsibility to take extra precautions to help avoid such tragic incidents which often result in broken bones, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and sometimes death.

Bus drivers can do their part by reminding children to pay attention before crossing the street and by keeping the stop sign extended on the bus until all children are clear of the road. However, many children are victims of pedestrian accidents because of the negligence of other drivers in the area.

Automobile drivers can do their part by taking the following actions:

• Observing posted speed limits in school zones
• Driving defensively and paying attention when a school bus is stopped or when driving near a school
• Yielding the right of way to child pedestrians as they cross the street

If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, you will need the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help you receive a fair settlement that will cover medical expenses and other potential damages.

At Stephens & Holman, our lawyers have been fighting for the rights of injured accident victims in Vancouver, British Columbia for over a quarter century. We have the skills and experience needed to provide you with the best representation possible.

Please contact our Vancouver, British Columbia school bus accident lawyers today to schedule your free consultation.

posted by Anonymous at 3:23 PM

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Common Causes of School Bus Accidents

School buses are one of the safest modes of transportation for children. However, when a school bus accident does take place, the injuries are often very serious and can potentially be fatal.

Most school bus accidents involve children between the ages of five and seven and occur in close proximity to the bus. Due to their diminutive size and tendency to erratically dart across the street, child pedestrian accidents comprise the majority of school bus-related accidents. Many of these accidents would be easily avoidable if drivers paid more attention and followed proper school zone procedures.

The most common causes of school bus accidents include:

• Defective equipment
• Adverse road and weather conditions
• School bus driver inexperience
• Driver fatigue
• Aggressive driving in school zones
• Speeding
• Failure to yield the right of way to pedestrians around the bus
• Difficulty seeing around school buses
• Bus drivers failing to keep the stop sign out until all children are off the road
• Bus drivers failing to observe child pedestrian behavior around the bus

If your child has been injured in a school bus-related accident caused by the negligent actions of another, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your child’s injuries and medical expenses. Our experienced personal injury lawyers can help you through the entire legal process so that you receive a fair settlement. Please contact our Vancouver, British Columbia lawyers today to schedule a free consultation.

posted by Anonymous at 2:49 PM

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