On Thursday morning, a Hinds County School District school bus was involved in a crash. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the two-vehicle wreck happened on Dulaney Road in Hinds County. Although very few details have been released, everybody was reportedly okay after the wreck. For currently unknown reasons, a vehicle rear-ended the bus on Dulaney Road. At this time, there is no word on the investigative developments in this case involving a Durham School Services bus. Thankfully, no injuries were initially reported.
NHTSA's Back to School Safety
On average, 24 school-age children die in school transportation-related crashes every year (11 occupants and 13 pedestrians). School buses are designed to safely transport children to and from school, but parents should know that they aren't totally without risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a variety of tips for parents and kids to help improve school bus safety. When boarding the bus, children should find a seat immediately and sit facing forward. If the bus has seat belts, they should buckle up, and always listen to the bus driver's directions. Children should also be especially careful when crossing streets and boarding buses too. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about the Danger Zone, which is the 10-foot bubble around a school bus.
The Danger Zone
Since so many injuries and fatalities occur outside of the school bus, the NHTSA wants to raise awareness about the school bus "Danger Zone." This is where a large majority of preventable injury causing and fatal school bus incidents occur. Children should always make eye contact with bus drivers and take five big steps in front of the bus before crossing. If a child drops something, they should tell the driver immediately rather than trying to retrieve it.
After a School Bus Accident in Jackson
Most school bus accidents are totally preventable, and parents should feel confident that their children are safe when they're headed off to school in the morning. Unfortunately, even though buses are designed to keep children safe, preventable injuries and deaths do occasionally occur. If your child has been injured in or around a school bus, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate free consultation.