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Safety Tips for Back to School Driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 14 children die annually in school transportation related crashes. Since school is back in session, safety should be a top priority for all drivers.

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind while on the road this school year:

  • In all 50 states it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus that is loading/unloading children
  • Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia law states that you can pass a stopped school bus on the opposite side of the road; however, all traffic behind a school bus must always stop
  • The 10 feet surrounding a school bus is considered the most dangerous area for children; be sure you give an appropriate amount of space to buses while driving
  • School buses use yellow flashing lights to communicate to drivers that they are stopping. A red flashing light and an extended arm signal indicates the bus is stopping and children are getting on/off
  • Speeding tickets in school zones can be expensive and laws are strict. If you are approaching a school zone and see flashing signals, 25 mph is the maximum speed limit you should be traveling.

Injured in a Bus Accident? Contact our Experienced Attorneys Today

If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a bus accident, contact our Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia injury attorneys today at (202) 659-5500 for a consultation on how to develop your case.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys