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Lack of Seat Belts on School Buses

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Lack of Seat Belts on School Buses

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento School Bus Accident Lawyer. Millions of children rely on safe transportation of school buses every day. Unfortunately, these buses do not have any seat belts on them. This places children at risk of injury. What happens if a school bus is involved in an accident?

Seat Belts Prevent Serious Injuries in Accidents

Every day, countless children rely on the safety of school buses to take them to school. These drivers are extensively trained and screened to ensure that they can operate these vehicles safely. Despite this training, bus accidents can still happen and children can sustain traumatic injuries as a result. School buses are large and more challenging to drive than a standard car. The turning radius is increased, the stopping distance is increased, and problems with the buses are magnified due to the presence of children. One of the reasons why children may get hurt is the lack of seat belts on school buses. Seat belts perform an important function that is often lost on a school bus.

At Risk Without Seat Belts: The School Bus

Those who have ridden a bus before have likely noticed this absence on many buses. Seat belts serve an important purpose because they help to prevent the body from being thrown forward in the event of a collision. Furthermore, because there are numerous children on the bus, they can collide with each other, be thrown down on the aisle, or even be tossed out of an open window. These injuries would be prevented with the installation of seat belts on school buses. Children would not be able to fly out of their seats if a seat belt is used properly.

What can be Done to Stop these Injuries?

It is important for parents to make sure that their children understand the importance of safety on a school bus. They should try to encourage children to stay in their seats, not get up while the bus is in motion, and pay attention while a driver is operating the vehicle. Parents should also try to express their concerns to the school board about the lack of seat belts. Possibly, the school board will listen to their concerns and act to increase the presence of safety belts.

School Bus Accident Attorneys in Sacramento

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento School Bus Accident Lawyer. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bus accident, feel free to reach out to me at (916) 921-6400. It is free to call and talk to me about your case.  You can also reach me at (800) 404-5400.

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Image Source: The bus at the beginning of this article was found on Unsplash and is shown here with permission

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