School Bus Accident Facts and Figures

News stories and anecdotes may skew your view of the safety—or lack thereof—of school bus travel. What are the facts? Is it truly safer than other modes of transport? Read below to find out what national data analyses have to say about students using school buses to commute to and from class.

Is school bus travel more or less safe than other forms of commuting?

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teenaged students who travel on a school bus to get to class are 50 times more likely to arrive alive than their peers who drive themselves or carpool with friends. The same report stated that school buses account for only 1 percent of student deaths related to commuter travel during school-time commute hours. School buses are, therefore, considered the safest mode of transport for students of all ages, from elementary school to high school.

Nationwide school bus accident figures

A report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation stated that school buses accounted for 41 percent of all fatality crashes involving buses and large trucks in the year 2012. Of all bus types whose accidents were analyzed that year, school buses accounted for the highest number of fatality crashes—more than transit buses, motorcoaches, van-based buses, or any other bus type at 100 fatalities total.

Any form of transport can result in a collision

No matter how safe the data declare a form of transport to be, any form of transport can result in a collision. Many factors can contribute to causing a crash, and some of them are unavoidable, such as dangerous motorists failing to yield the right-of-way. Others are tragically preventable, such as poor driver training or longstanding mechanical malfunction of a given bus.

Has your child been injured in a school bus accident?

If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, get him or her to the doctor right away and document any and all injuries. Keep records of anything related to the accident (photos of injuries, copies of medical bills or other accident-related expenses) and contact a law firm that specializes in bus accident cases. You and your child may be able to receive financial compensation for the pain and suffering resulting from the accident.