Every weekday, 25 million American children depend on a school bus to take them to and from school. Approximately 17,000 of these children will sustain an injury in a school bus accident this year alone.
Accidents typically happen when the bus collides with another vehicle or when children exit the bus and are hit by a passing motorist who failed to properly follow the proper traffic laws.
Here’s what you need to remember when sharing the roadway with a school bus:
- New Jersey state law requires drivers to stop at least twenty-five feet away from a bus when traveling on a two-way street, a privately maintained road, or on a highway where lanes are separated by two lines (New Jersey Traffic Law Center). This distance is due to the fact the ten foot area around a school bus is the most dangerous for children.
- The bus will flash yellow lights when preparing to stop in order to pick up or drop off the children. Lights will flash red when stopped for this process.
- Drivers cannot resume motion until the bus begins to move or the school bus driver signals that motorists can proceed.
- When driving near a bus stop, watch for children who may dart into the street as they often do when running late.
- Never pass a school bus on the right. It’s very dangerous and illegal.
If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, whether you were rear-ended waiting for a school bus to resume motion or otherwise, please contact us. As New Jersey accident lawyers, we may be able to help.