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Bus Accidents Archives

Police say spilled coffee caused bus rollover accident

Authorities are saying that a driver distracted by spilled coffee was to blame for an accident that sent 29 people, most of them high school basketball players, to the hospital on Saturday, March 19. The 21 players were from Griffith High School in Griffith, Indiana. They, along with team officials, were on their way to Lafayette to play in a state tournament when the accident occurred.

Why don't school buses have seat belts?

Seat belt laws can be rather confusing. It's been found time and time again that seat belts protect people in car accidents in Illinois, reducing injuries and saving lives. However, when children are put on school buses, seat belts are suddenly ignored, as they're no longer mandatory. Why does this happen?

Essential school bus precautions to teach your kids

The first time that most Chicago area parents put their kids on a school bus is a big milestone, and probably one that's more frightening for them than for their little ones. While school bus drivers are tasked with the safety of their passengers both in and around the vehicles, it's still essential to teach your children some very important safety precautions to help minimize the danger of an unfortunate and perhaps even tragic accident.

Buses are the safest way to get to school but still pose dangers

News of an accident involving a school bus with students on board understandably sends chills through Chicago-area parents. However, according to the National Safety Council, school buses are still the safest way for kids to get to and from school. In fact, according to the NSC, it is 10 times safer for a student to take the bus than to walk to and from school and 13 times safer than riding in a car.

Why are seat belts not required on school buses?

Drivers and passengers in cars are required to wear seat belts or in the case of children under a certain age or weight, to be in a child safety seat. However, children who ride in school buses have no such protection. Interestingly, the people who should be putting children's safety at the forefront of their concerns don't seem to favor the use of seat belts in school buses. Bus drivers have expressed strong opposition to them.

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