You may be one of the many Florida parents who put your children on the school bus each weekday morning in order for them to get to school. You likely also allow your children to ride the bus home from school in the afternoons. This arrangement makes sense for you and numerous other families who may not have the ability to take the kids to or pick them up from school for whatever reason.
While riding the school bus is a relatively safe mode of transportation, it is not entirely hazard-free. In fact, your children may face considerable risk of danger because of distracted drivers as they get on or off the bus.
Distraction breaks the law
School zones are often areas in which drivers should slow down and pay attention for children. Additionally, drivers should also watch out for flashing lights and extended stop sign arms on school buses that may indicate that they are stopping. However, when drivers are distracted, they may not see these signs and signals, and as a result, they may not stop when necessary. In this type of scenario, a tragedy could occur if a vehicle hits a child.
School zones see several types of distractions from drivers. Some drivers may use their cellphones, attempt some last minute grooming while in the car, eat, reach for something behind the seat or even read. This information may come as a shock to you, but drivers carry out many tasks that cause distraction. As such, they are simultaneously breaking the law and presenting dangers to themselves and others.
Though laws are in place in most areas to help cut down on distracted driving, many people choose to be sneaky while behind the wheel. You may have noticed yourself that drivers will put their phones in their laps and look down while driving in efforts to sneakily use their phones. Of course, if they are looking down at their phones, they are not looking at the road and could miss a bus coming to a stop or a child getting on or off the bus.
Certainly, you hope that none of your children will suffer from the negligence of another person, especially as they get on or off the bus. Unfortunately, distraction continues to be a major issue on roadways and in school zones. If one of your children does suffer injuries as the result of a distracted driver, you may want to consider your legal options.