Your children are not always protected when riding on older buses

Over 22 million children ride the familiar yellow school bus back and forth to school, and additional millions take these vehicles to summer camp, church, athletic and youth events. Yet, California law only requires three-point seat belts on (1) school buses manufactured on and after July 1, 2005 that carry more than 16 passengers, and (2) all other school buses manufactured on and after July 1, 2004.” Even though laws are strictly implemented on personal automobiles, the “state cannot charge any person, school district, or organization with violating the bus seat belt law if a passenger either does not fasten his or her seat belt, or does so improperly.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that over the past 11 years, school buses have been involved in over 26,000 crashes, resulting in less than 1,000 incapacitating injuries and slightly more than 7,000 non-incapacitating injuries and possible injuries to passengers.” This amounts to an average 124 fatal accidents each year, half of a percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents. These damages are devastating. For a FREE CONSULTATION for any bus accident, contact Hafif & Associates, Or, tweet us during our regular scheduled FREE CONSULTATION time every Friday between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m., at Hafif & Associates – Twitter