Any parent worries about all the ways to minimize children’s injuries when it comes to transportation and this has now sparked a conversation about whether or not school buses are safe enough for kids. Although California, like all states, has clear rules for other drivers about the laws surrounding stopping for school buses and children in and near them, accidents can and do still happen. Accidents can even occur with all the kids on the bus, leaving the riders and parents coping with the impact of children’s injuries.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking seatbelt data collection on school buses to determine whether or not this is something that should become required. The Administration wants to learn more about the costs and implementation associated with 3-point seatbelts on school buses. The proposal looks to school districts that have already implemented a lap-shoulder system on school bus either in response to a local state law or voluntarily. The purpose of the analysis is to learn more about how school districts arrive at these decisions, installing such restraints, and come up with the funds necessary to pay for them. The findings of the study will prove helpful as the agency moves forward with developing a potential policy about whether seatbelts should be required on school buses in the first place. The 3-point lap-shoulder belts became mandatory for type A school buses in 2008 but seatbelts on larger buses were left to local school districts and state legislatures.

The purpose of the analysis is to learn more about how school districts arrive at these decisions, installing such restraints, and come up with the funds necessary to pay for them. The findings of the study will prove helpful as the agency moves forward with developing a potential policy about whether seatbelts should be required on school buses in the first place. The 3-point lap-shoulder belts became mandatory for type A school buses in 2008 but seatbelts on larger buses were left to local school districts and state legislatures.

Those parents who are dealing with children’s injuries after a school bus accident or any other accident in which another party was negligent may initiate a legal personal injury claim to help recover compensation.

 

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