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A Vancouver Injury Lawyer Explains the School Bus Seat Belt Debate

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Our Vancouver bus accident lawyers are committed to helping people understand the true risks associated with buses and connecting victims with powerful resources. However, the realities of bus safety are somewhat counterintuitive. For instance, you have probably noticed that many school buses do not have seat belts.

Why not?

Instead of seat belts, school buses use a system called compartmentalization to keep kids safe in a Vancouver bus crash. This means that the bus seats are thickly cushioned and closely packed together. In a crash, children are thrown against the back of the seat in front of them, which absorbs most of the impact.

School buses are heavy, large, and sit high off the ground, making them extremely safe. In fact, some studies suggest that they are up to 40 times safer than cars.

Still, some would like to see seat belts added to school buses. However, the cost of doing so would be enormous. Buses with seat belts would not be able to hold nearly as many students, meaning that our school systems would need to pay for more buses.

In addition, young children have difficulty putting on a seat belt properly and do not always keep them on.

Even if children complied perfectly with instructions to buckle up on the bus, the mandate to wear seat belts could actually do more harm than good. For instance, a poorly applied seat belt could lead to nasty forms of whiplash as well as seat belt compression injuries.

Of course, buses are not always safe. In fact, they can be very dangerous, especially when children get on and off them. For instances, a child may run from the school bus to his mom’s car—only to be hit by a vehicle in transit.

If you need help protecting your rights after a bus accident, a Vancouver personal injury lawyer at McComb Witten can help. Contact us today at 604-255-9018 to schedule your free case evaluation. Also, be sure to download a copy of our free report, Your Family Doctor Could Make or Break Your ICBC Claim, to get a better understanding of your rights as a potential claimant.

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