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Monday, May 26, 2014

Tips from a Personal Injury Attorney in Stockbridge, Georgia: It’s Time to Review School Bus Safety

Over 23 million American children ride a school bus on any given school day.  The very unfortunate news is that the state of Georgia has one of the highest rates of school bus-related deaths in the country. 

With school back in session, law enforcement is renewing its focus on motorists’ conduct in school zones and school bus safety.  We want to help by ensuring that everyone is aware of Georgia’s school bus-related laws, your own safety and the potential penalties:

  1. Even though the kids aren’t wearing seat belts, they are safer than you are.  Buses don’t have seatbelts because they are larger, stronger and heavier than other vehicles on the road.  That’s why children are safer on a moving bus than they are getting on or off a stopped bus.  But that also means that you need to be extra cautious and drive defensively around school buses, because you have a much higher risk of serious injury if hit by a school bus.   

  2. Children are most likely to get hurt while getting on or off the bus.  That’s why it is illegal to pass a school bus that has stopped to load or unload passengers.  There are strict rules for motorists around bus stops, but unlike public transportation, school bus stops are not clearly marked.  Instead, buses use flashing lights to indicate when they are stopping to pick up or unload passengers.  Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop; red flashing lights indicate that the bus is stopping and other motorists must come to a complete stop.  You can drive only when the lights have stopped flashing and the bus starts to move again.

  3. Motorists can get fines, points or suspension.  Motorists who do not heed the flashing lights or violate other school bus-related laws can be penalized with fines, court appearances and/or points on their driving records.  Drivers under the age of 21 may have their drivers license suspended. 

If you are involved in a school bus-related accident, it’s important to consult with an experienced attorney immediately.  For more information on this topic, email Andrew Gebhardt at agebhardt@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864.  Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. We have investigated hundreds of automobile collisions and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients and families of those killed in wrongful death accidents. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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