On any given school day, some 500,000 school buses will take to the road to carry as many as 25 million kids either to or back from school or to other extra-curricular activities. Although they carry so many kids to and fro, you rarely hear about catastrophic school bus accidents.
California Vehicle Code (VC), Section 27316 requires that all newly manufactured school buses have shoulder/lap belts installed on them by their manufacturer before they can be used to transport passengers. This law covers both Type 1 and 2 buses with manufacture dates of July 1, 2005 or July 1, 2004, respectively.
In reading the news, it's commonplace to hear about a reconstruction of a crash scene being done. Accident investigators involved in reconstructing crashes often return to the site where a collision occurred in an attempt to figure out what caused the crash when it's not readily clear.
A panel of investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced on Tuesday, Oct. 31 that they've completed their investigation into a 2016 Southern California bus crash. They determined that driver fatigue was the primary contributing factor for the crash.
Despite the fact that school bus drivers log countless hours and millions of miles driving around students each year, they're rarely involved in fatal accidents.
Each day across the United States, more than 25 million kids are transported to school on buses, a number which is estimated to be responsible for keeping some 17 million cars from having to transport students to schools each day. When a bus accident does occur, it can be catastrophic, although they're few and far between.
Imagine getting into a taxi and knowing exactly how many accidents the company has had and the number of staff members it employs. Maybe you want to know how often the vehicles are inspected or to make sure that no drivers have a spotty past.
Tragedy struck on a freeway near Palm Springs recently, in what is being described as the only the latest instance of a troubling trend. A bus being driven by the owner and operator of a small transportation company crashed into a tractor trailer while heading for a casino near the Salton Sea, killing 12 passengers and the driver.
The freeways and interstates in California are a sprawling network of lane after lane of traffic, crammed with vehicles of many kinds all in a hurry to get where they are going. It doesn't take above-average insight to know that when it comes to car accidents, some of the most dangerous kinds of accident can be those that involve large commercial trucks. These mechanical behemoths are responsible for thousands of fatalities each year, and California is not immune to these dangers.
School is back in session across the country, meaning thousands of children throughout California and beyond will be piling into school buses every day, putting their physical safety in the hands of a bus driver. While you may not be able to be on the bus every day to ensure that your child is in the care of a competent, caring driver, you can educate your child on the risk factors that increase the chances of unsafe driving. This way, your child can keep from contributing to the danger of other passengers and inform you if he or she sees any unsafe behavior on the part of the bus driver.