Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Aug 28, 2018 in Auto Accidents
Harbin & Burnett urges drivers to use caution when driving in school zones and around buses. Earlier this year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released data on the number of school-transportation-related crashes. The NHTSA defines this as "a crash that involves, either directly or indirectly, a school bus body vehicle, or a non-school bus functioning as a school bus, transporting children to or from school or school-related activities." From 2007-2016, there was an average of 128 fatalities per year in these types of accidents. "Occupants of school transportation vehicles accounted for 9 percent of the fatalities, and nonoccupants (pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.) accounted for 20 percent of the fatalities. Most (70%) of the people who lost their lives in these crashes were occupants of other vehicles involved". Most fatalities occur between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Obviously those two hours are the times that most children are being picked-up or dropped off at school, so use extra caution during those times.
For more information and data: NHTSA