A deadly Georgia rollover accident involving a school bus occurred in Carroll County Georgia on October 4, 2010.  One high school student was killed and 10 others were injured when the drive-in-training lost control of the bus and the bus overturned.
Every year, 8,000 to 12,000 children are injured in school bus accidents. Approximately 27 children are killed.  Of the children who are killed, 13 are school bus passengers. The rest are pedestrians who are either walking to school or waiting for the bus. In most cases, the child injury accidents occurred because the driver could not see the child.
Parents cannot prevent school bus accidents caused by reckless driving, but they can help their children to learn some safety rules that can prevent bus accident injuries.
Please, take a minute to review these school bus safety rules with your child. 
1. Dress to be seen. Dress your child in bright, contrasting colors so they can be seen especially on rainy or foggy days.  Look for jackets and backpacks with reflective trim.
2. Walk young children to the bus stop. Encourage older children to walk in groups.  
3. Drivers may not be able to see a crouching child. Remind your child to carry all his belongings in a  backpack or school bag.  This will keep everything secure and your child won’t have to bend down to pick up his belongings. 
4. Don’t be late. Make sure your child leaves plenty of time to get to the bus stop without running. Children who run may fall or may not be able to stop in time to avoid approaching traffic.
5. Teach your child to follow pedestrian safety rules: Look left, right and let again before crossing the street; walk only on the sidewalk; cross only at marked crosswalks and stay out of the street. 
6. If your child must cross the street to board the bus, wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and for the driver to flash the red lights before crossing. 
7. Remind your child that roughhousing or playing running or pushing games at the bus stop or near the street is dangerous and can cause a child to be pushed into traffic.
8. Tell your child to stay ten feet away from the road while waiting for the bus – this is about five giant child steps. Do not go any closer until the bus comes to a complete stop and the driver says it is safe to board.  If this is impossible, contact your board of education regarding bus stop safety.
9. If a child drops something while getting on or off the bus, they should tell the driver and follow the driver’s instructions instead of bending down to get it. The driver may not be able to see a bent child. 
10. A child should never try to stop a moving bus to get something they have forgotten on the bus. Instead, they should ask a parent to call the school or bus garage.
11. Children should check both ways for traffic before stepping off the bus. Impatient drivers will sometimes try to sneak around on the right side of a parked school bus.
12. Clothing or backpacks with loose drawstrings may get caught in the handrail or on the door of the bus while exiting.  Check your children’s clothing for possible hazards.
13. Children should only cross in front of the school bus when the driver says it is safe. Never cross behind a school bus. 
14. When you pick up your child at the school bus stop, wait on the side of the street where they will be dropped off and then walk them across the street. Young children are so happy to see their parents at the end of the day that they may dash across the street without looking.
15. Children should avoid distracting the driver. Remind your child to stay seated while the bus is moving and to follow the school bus driver’s instructions. 
16. Always keep head, hands, and feet inside the bus.
17.  Children should know to report any bullying or problems on the bus to both their parents and to their teacher.
Atlanta accident attorney Shane Smith represents victims of automobile, truck and bus accidents in Atlanta and throughout Georgia.  If your child has been injured in a Georgia school bus accident, you and your child may be eligible for monetary compensation. Contact Shane Smith Law at 770-HURT-999.

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