Tips To Staying Safe And Baltimore School Buses
Being aware and driving safely is always important, but drivers also need to be additionally vigilant in school zones, where there can be school buses, kids on bikes, and additional risks. Follow all signs and signals and give school buses the space they need, they could be slowing down or stopped because they are turning into a designated space or because kids will be boarding or disembarking from the vehicle.
There are specific signals bus drivers use to keep others aware. All Maryland and DC drivers are required to follow warning signs and signals. If you or someone you care about was involved in an accident with a school bus or with another vehicle in a school zone, talk to a Baltimore car accident lawyer about your rights.
Drivers Who Ignore Warnings Face Consequences
Maryland drivers must come to a stop when a school bus has flashing lights and other warning signals of children boarding or debarring the bus. If a driver ignores the lights, they will face a citation, which could include fines, point penalties, and more.
Of course, drivers need to be aware of risks other than school bus accidents. There could be children on bikes that make sudden turns, for example. Many families crossing streets on foot and vehicles turning into school parking lots can carry additional risks as well.
Some steps families can take to keep school bus travel safe.
- Have children wait for their school bus in a spot that is safe, not standing in the road or sitting on the curb.
- Kids should know the bus number of their route.
- Teach kids how to look both ways and stay safe on streets.
- Everyone should stay away from the bus wheels.
- Pedestrians need to give busses room, not walk behind them.
- Kids need to be calm when riding and not disrupt a driver’s ability to navigate roads safely.
There are many things to consider, talking to a school about best practices for staying safe on school grounds, school zones, and school buses is an appropriate conversation to have if you have a family member who is enrolled in an elementary, middle, or high school.
Talk to a Lawyer About Your School Zone Accident
Car and bus accidents in school zones can be complicated. Who is responsible can be complex. Skilled attorneys can look over the details of your school zone accident and determine the best path forward. Talk to a Baltimore car accident lawyer to understand the worth of your claim. Before accepting an offer, discuss if it is an appropriate amount with an experienced professional.
Are you recovering from an injury you sustained when you were in an accident with a Maryland school bus? Do not sign a settlement agreement until you understand all of your damage recovery options. You need an attorney working for you. Contact the legal team at Iamele & Iamele, LLP to understand your claim options. Our attorneys successfully secure compensation for individuals coping with injuries in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.