When you place your child on the school bus you expect that they will be safe and will arrive at their destination unharmed. Unfortunately, sometimes children are injured as a result of the negligent conduct of others while riding on a school bus. Sometimes children are hit by a school bus and suffered significant injuries and tragically some children die. It is important when your child starts riding the school bus to have a detailed conversation about the importance of exercising extreme caution while getting onto, riding and exiting from the bus. These safety tips should be reviewed on a regular basis with your child because by doing so it might prevent an accident or save a life.
- Your child should understand that they should always be aware of their surroundings and they should wait for cars and buses to come to a complete stop before venturing out into the road. In colder weather, and especially when there is snow and ice on the ground, your child should wear appropriate footwear so that they get good traction and are less likely to slip and fall. You should also encourage your child to leave additional time in bad weather so they are not rushing and more likely to be involved in some type of an accident. Your child should also be told to stay away from the curb or roadway when waiting for the bus and avoid horseplay or roughhousing.
- Once safely on the bus, your child should find his/her seat, fasten their seat belts if available, and not cause any distractions. All of their body parts should remain inside the bus and again they should not be fighting with others around them. They should make sure that their backpacks or books are not blocking emergency exits or the aisles. They should not be standing up or walking around while the bus is in motion.
- When it comes time to exit the bus your child should await their turn and not run or cause a commotion. While exiting the bus your child should be very aware of his or her surroundings, not run out into the roadway, they should keep away from parked cars or other objects that may obstruct their view, they should use crosswalks or cross in an area where there is a crossing guard and again not be in a hurry and rush around which could increase their likelihood of being involved in some type of an accident.
If your child was injured in some type of a Connecticut school bus accident, was hit by as a pedestrian either while exiting the bus, walking to school, walking from school, or if they have been injured in any other type of accident, you will have a great number of questions that require immediate answers. What should you be doing? What should you not be doing? Do you have a case? What you need to do first? How do you go about proving liability? Who pays for any experts that have to be hired? Do you need to come up with any money out of pocket? Do you handle cases on a contingency fee basis which means that we only pay a legal fee if you recover money damages?
Please visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and download a free copy of our CT child accident and injury law book which will answer your questions as to what you need to be doing and what you should not be doing as a result of your child’s CT accident or injury case. You can also call our toll-free number at 888-244-5480 and speak with one of our experienced Connecticut child injury lawyers or accident attorneys to get your questions answered over the telephone. We will also be happy to schedule a free, no obligation, office consultation where we will review the facts of your child’s case with you and specifically advise you as to what you should be doing.
Do not delay and wait until you have made a mistake in attempting to handle your child’s Connecticut accident or injury case. Contact us today!