A three-day period in late October and early November saw six incidents of people being struck by vehicles at bus stops nationwide. Safety advocates have been pointing to these issues to highlight the importance of bus safety awareness.
One of these incidents was in Tampa, where five children and two adults were hit while waiting for the children’s school bus to arrive. The accident was allegedly caused by a 47-year-old man who was speeding at the time.
A national problem
Bus stop safety has been an issue for some time in the United States, especially when it comes to school buses. Between 2006 and 2015, there were 1,313 people killed in accidents related to school transportation — or about 131 a year. Of these, 301 were school-aged children, and 102 of those kids were pedestrians.
Bus drivers must use their red flashing lights when dropping off or picking up students, and they must keep those lights on until students are clear away from the bus.
Other motorists, meanwhile, must stop at least 25 feet away from a stopped bus that has its lights flashing. Vehicles traveling on the opposite side of the road from a bus on a divided highway may pass the bus, but only at 10 miles per hour or less. They then must remain at that speed until safely past the bus. Otherwise, drivers on the same side of the street as the bus must stop and wait for the bus to conclude pickup or drop-off.
Drivers are never allowed to make right turns in front of buses parked for pickup or drop-off at corners.
For further guidance on what you should do after a bus accident, meet with an experienced Sarasota personal injury lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.