Many Washington residents understand the importance of child safety seats and restraint systems. These devices help keep even the youngest children and babies safe as they travel in cars. Without the proper use of a car seat or restraint system, young children can be violently thrown around in an accident and sustain serious -- even fatal -- injuries. In some situations, school buses use child restraint systems to keep young children safe. These systems need to be maintained and updated to ensure they are in good working order for the children who rely on them.
Most Washington parents only want the best for their children, so each morning they pack their children up and send them to school. For many of these children, that means a ride on a school bus. These large commercial vehicles are then responsible for ensuring that people's children get to and from school safely.
With school back in session for most children in Washington, many parents worry about their kids' safety. They worry about whether their children get nutritious lunches, whether they are keeping up in school and whether they are safe. These safety concerns often don't end at the school doors, but parents are worried about whether their kids will make it to and from school safely on the bus.
Everyday children and teenagers pile onto school busses. Whether it's just another regular day of class or a field trip or sporting event, parents and caregivers all trust the bus driver to carry their children safely to the desired destination. Driving a school bus is an enormous responsibility and should be treated as such.
It does not appear that any information has been released about what might have caused the school bus crash in central Washington last week that injured 39 students. There is much to investigate in bus accidents--including the driver's history, log books, vehicle maintenance records as well as information about the bus company.
Seattle residents are well accustomed to seeing school buses on the streets. When parents put their kids on these buses they expect them to arrive at their destinations safely. Thankfully, this is usually the case. However, earlier this month, parents and school officials were almost certainly shocked to learn of an accident between a school bus and a passenger car. Luckily, no serious injuries were reported at the time.