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Your child may be safer riding a school bus than in a car

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.

That conclusion was reached by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after reviewing nearly 350,000 cases of crashes involving fatalities between 2004 and 2013. In the case of those accidents, a little as a half percent of all cases, or 1,214 of them, involved a vehicle that was responsible for transporting students.

Those same NHTSA statistics also showed that only approximately 134 people annually actually die in those vehicle crashes involving school vehicles.

Of those who are killed, 8 percent of the ones who are actually passengers on the bus. At least 21 percent of the fatalities that occur involve those on the periphery of the bus such as bicyclists or pedestrians. Nearly 75 percent of those injured in crashes with school transportation vehicles are other motorists.

NHTSA data also suggests that children riding in buses are perhaps safer than they are when riding in passenger cars. One statistic they cite to back this up is a comparison of the number of kids riding in a school bus versus a passenger car in 2004.

During that year, some 327 children died after being involved in a crash with a school transportation vehicle. Of those deaths, only 54 were actually riding in the bus at the time.That means that a large majority of those who were killed were actually riding in other vehicles, like passenger cars, at the time.

Another statistic, released by School Transportation News, suggests that only six school bus passengers die each year. A researcher with the journal suggests that, despite the low fatality rate, he believes that these crashes garner such significant interest because they involve kids.

Serious injuries can result from individuals being involved in crashes with or while riding in school transportation vehicles. If you or someone you know has been hurt, then a San Bernardino bus accident attorney may advise you of your right to sue in your respective case.

Source: USA Today, "Fatal school bus accidents rare," Greg Toppo, accessed Sep. 20, 2017

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