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School Bus Accidents

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Millions of parents rely upon school buses to get their children to and from school safely each day. Dealing with a serious or fatal school bus accident is a tragedy no family should have to endure.

Unfortunately, school bus accidents are one of the most common threats faced by school children each day – an average of two school bus accidents occur per school day in Arizona.

School Bus Accidents
  • 466 school bus accidents were reported in Arizona in 2008.
  • 3 people were killed.
  • 100 people were injured.
  • An average of 142 people are killed each year in school bus accidents nationwide.
  • 19 are school–aged children; 14 of those are killed in pedestrian accidents.
Source: Arizona Department of Transportation; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

At Abels & Annes, we take special care in working with families dealing with the serious injury or death of a child. Arizona school bus accidents can result from any number of causes, including poorly trained and inexperienced bus operators, distracted driving, poorly maintained buses, overcrowding, road defects and other at–fault drivers on the road.

Additionally, nearly three–quarters of children who are seriously injured or killed by a school bus are struck while boarding or de–boarding. Children may also be injured or killed in an Arizona pedestrian accident while waiting for a bus at a poorly visible or poorly placed bus stop or while crossing the street in an area that lacks school crossing guards, crosswalks or other marked safety zones.

Hiring an Arizona injury law firm can be critical to protecting your rights. At Abels & Annes, we will thoroughly investigate the causes of the accident, determine who is responsible, and conduct a comprehensive review of your child's medical needs.

Determining the extent of your child's injuries and the possible long–term medical consequences is critical when dealing with child injury cases. Bone injuries, joint injuries, head injuries, scaring and other medical conditions are complicated by the growth process. Hiring a law firm experienced in child injury cases will help ensure your child's welfare and the future financial well–being of you and your family.

If you are dealing with an Arizona school bus accident, contact the Phoenix injury lawyers and wrongful death attorneys at Abels & Annes for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights.

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  • Watch for children walking or bicycling to or from school. Pay particular attention when leaving a driveway or garage or when backing up a vehicle.
  • Pay particular attention to school zones; they are in place to prevent tragedy for both you and the families of school children in the area. Watch for children who may not be paying attention; it's your job to avoid an accident.
  • Slow down. Watch for children crossing or walking in the street, particularly in areas where there are no sidewalks or where there are known bus stops.
  • Stay alert. Children may dart into the street, particularly when late for a bus or for school.
  • Learn and obey all school bus laws. Learn and obey bus lights. Yellow lights mean a bus is preparing to stop and load or unload children. Motorists should slow and prepare to stop. Red flashing lights mean a bus has stopped and children are loading or unloading. Cars must stop and wait until the lights stop flashing and the bus begins to move. It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus with red flashing lights.


  • Allow plenty of time to be at the bus stop at least five minutes before your bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • Stand three big steps – at least 6 feet – away from a bus as it arrives at the curb.
  • Wait for direction from the driver before attempting to board a bus.
  • Walk in front of a bus at least 10 feet before crossing in front of a bus. Make sure a driver sees you before stepping off the curb in front of a bus.
  • Avoid falls by using bus handrails. Secure loose items and be sure backpacks, drawstrings, clothing and other items do not get caught on a bus, or on the handrails or doors.
  • Never walk behind a bus.
  • Never walk beside a bus; remain at least 6 feet away from a bus at all times, except when boarding with the driver's permission.
  • Never attempt to retrieve an item dropped near a bus. Tell the driver. A driver may not be able to see you if you attempt to retrieve an item from near or beneath a bus.


  • Talk to your children about bus safety and spend the time with them that is necessary to help ensure they understand these rules and the safety tips necessary to stay safe in or around a school bus.

Source: Adapted from information provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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