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The perils awaiting at school bus stops: Be mindful

Now that school is back in session, students all over the country are riding a bus every day of the week.

While most school districts and bus drivers do whatever it takes to keep students safe and secure at all times, there are times when something horrifying and tragic happens. This is often the result of a school bus stop accident.

It's important that both parents and students understand how to remain safe at the bus stop, as it only takes one mistake or mishap to cause a serious accident.

Here are some of the top safety tips to follow:

  • When waiting for the bus to arrive, stand as far away from the street as possible
  • Never approach a school bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals that it's okay to do so
  • If anyone is to cross in front of the bus, make sure they do so at least 10 feet ahead (so that the driver can see the person)
  • Stay away from the rear wheels of the bus
  • If there is any reason to believe that the bus driver cannot see you, wait until the bus clears the area before crossing the street

It's difficult for some people to realize just how dangerous school bus stops can be. This is particularly true if the stop is located on a busy roadway, such as one in which other vehicles are always speeding by.

If your child suffers any type of school bus accident, such as one in which he or she is struck by a vehicle, it's critical to call 911 so that police and an ambulance quickly arrive at the scene.

Once your child receives treatment, turn your attention to his or her long-term care as well as your legal rights.

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