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Are Bus Accident Fatalities Common?

Bus Accidents May Not Be As Common As You’d Think, But They Do Happen

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), school bus accident fatalities are far less common than fatalities from other vehicle types. Data from the NHTSA reveals that, “The fatality rate for school buses is only 0.2 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) compared to 1.5 fatalities per 100 million VMT for cars.”

Something interesting to note is that studies have shown lap belts have little, if any, advantage in decreasing serious-to-fatal injuries in significant frontal accidents. Contrarily, lap belts could actually cause more serious neck injuries and possibly abdominal harm to young passengers in significant frontal accidents.

Although bus accident fatalities are less common compared to other vehicle types, it is still important to remain vigilant when traveling in or around buses. To stay safe during a bus trip, it is recommended that you always pay attention to the driver’s directions and never stand up while the bus is moving.

Additionally, make sure to keep an eye out for any sudden stops or turns. Finally, remember that buses have limited maneuverability and visibility; they may not be able to stop quickly if something unexpected appears on their path.

With these safety tips in mind, you can help reduce your chances of being involved in a fatal bus accident.

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