When groups of people have a common destination, it can be convenient to take a bus and travel together. While this popular method of transportation certainly has its merits, it also comes with certain risks. Bus accidents can turn a road trip into a catastrophe, often leaving victims injured and stranded in an unfamiliar place. A recent Pennsylvania crash in Mount Pleasant Township illustrates this risk.
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The safety of children is always a major concern for Pennsylvania families and the communities in which they reside. Each day, thousands of children across the Keystone State ride the bus to school. Parents must trust the well-being of a child to the bus driver, but even experienced and attentive drivers cannot prevent bus accidents.
Recently, the state of Pennsylvania has put together an initiative headed by the state police and the Department of Education to call attention to the importance of school bus safety. Thousands of children ride the bus to school, sporting events and field trips. Other drivers must pay close attention to the lights and stop signs, and if a driver does not follow the laws, the penalty can be hefty, but worse, children could be seriously injured or killed. With all the attention focused on other drivers, parents may not have considered the possibility that the bus drivers themselves might cause bus accidents.
Pennsylvania parents whose children ride buses to school certainly expect that the drivers transporting their kids will adhere to all traffic laws and safety regulations. Current data shows traveling by school bus is safer than trying to get to school by car. There is not much a bus driver can do about other motorists who happen to be sharing their roadways, however. Many bus accidents occur because drivers in other vehicles are negligent or reckless.
A new school year is nearly underway, and thousands of Pennsylvania students will soon be climbing aboard the bus. Many children rely on a bus to get them to and from school safely each day, but unfortunately, bus accidents are a common occurrence. The start of the new school year may also be the start of stiffer penalties for drivers.
Summer vacation is in full swing, but "back to school" is right around the corner. Pennsylvania residents may have noticed that many stores already have the backpacks, crayons and other school supplies on display as parents prepare to send their children off to a new semester in just a month. It is estimated that about 26 million children use school buses each day, and bus accidents remain a major concern.
Public transportation is a preferred method of travel for many Pennsylvania residents. Each day, people use buses to get to and from the places they need to be. Especially in big cities, where traffic can be heavy and parking is often difficult to find, riding the bus is meant to be a safe and practical way to get around. Unfortunately, bus accidents can leave passengers injured and frightened.
Pennsylvania is home to a variety of religious communities. Many of these communities have a church or similar building where the faithful gather weekly to worship and enjoy the company and support of the congregation. Sometimes, members of the congregation do not have transportation to and from the church, and many churches do their best to accommodate the need. Unfortunately, many of these faithful are at risk for becoming victims in bus accidents.
Many Pennsylvania residents are fortunate enough to live in an area that has plenty of public transportation available. These days, especially in urban areas, there is a growing shift away from owning a personal vehicle. Many people have chosen to take advantage of ride-share programs, rental vehicles or public transportation to get from place to place. Though public transportation certainly is not a new idea, technology has advanced to make these options, such as buses, safer and more efficient. Still, there are still risks associated with public transportation, with bus accidents being chief among them.
Pennsylvania families often rely on school buses to shuttle children back and forth to school each day. When a child boards a school bus, his or her life is in the hands of the bus driver, and parents can only hope the driver will do everything possible to get a child to his or her destination safely. Most drivers do their best, but bad choices on the part of some bus drivers can directly contribute to bus accidents that cause injury and trauma to children.