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Back-To-School Bus Safety

It is back-to-school time in our area and now would be a good time
to think about school bus safety.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing injury. In fact, school buses are considered the safest mode of transportation for getting children to and from school. School buses also enhance school zone safety by keeping an estimated 17.3 million parents’ vehicles off the roads.

Clearly, school buses are a safe mode of travel. Nevertheless, we all need to be mindful of some basic safety guidelines. Drivers should be mindful when driving during school hours and in neighborhoods with school zones. Watch out for children who may not be paying attention. Watch for children walking in the street, especially in neighborhoods without sidewalks. Generally, be alert. Children in and around bus stops may not be paying attention and dart into the street without looking for traffic.

It’s also important to teach your children to be mindful of safety in and around the bus and bus stops. Here are some rules you should review regularly with your children to help keep them safe:

  • Have your children arrive at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • Have them stand away from the bus and do not approach it until it comes to a complete stop and the doors open.
  • Have them maintain eye contact with the driver and make sure the driver can see them at all times as they are boarding and getting off the bus.
  • Have them use handrails to avoid a fall.
  • If they drop something near the bus, they should tell the bus driver. They shouldn’t try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see them.

Observing basic safety rules around buses and bus stops will help all of our children have a safe and happy school year.

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, PC is led by Attorney Joseph Quinn, one of the Top 100 trial lawyers in the nation. Seventeen lawyers strong, HKQ Law represents Personal Injury, Business Law and Personal Law clients in Lackawanna, Luzerne and surrounding northeastern PA counties for more than half a century. HKQ Law has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history, totaling over a half billion dollars on behalf of injured clients, and was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania, 2015.

The attorneys at HKQ Law have been honored as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms by US News and World Reports, and have received the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel. Additional information can be found at or by calling (800) 760-1529.



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