The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released a new set of statistics to document school transportation-related crashes between 2001 and 2010. The data show some interesting trends. For example, school bus occupants are rarely killed in fatal accidents. This post will present ten facts from the NHTSA's report.
1. Since 2001, 1,236 fatal crashes involved a school transportation vehicle.
2. Around 137 people die in a school transportation-related crash annually.
3. Of these fatalities, only seven percent are school bus occupants, including child passengers.
4. 72 percent of these fatalities were drivers or occupants of the other vehicles involved.
5. Crashes killed school bus occupants in only 84 crashes, 37 of which were single-vehicle incidents like rollovers.
6. Vehicles struck and killed 123 school-age pedestrians since 2001.
7. 74 percent of these school-age pedestrian fatalities occurred because a school vehicle hit them.
8. School vehicles kill an average of nine school-age pedestrians every year.
9. Young children are at the greatest risk of being hit by a school bus. Forty percent of pedestrian fatalities were between the ages of five and seven.
10. 2008 was the worst year between 2001 and 2010; 19 people died in 13 crashes.
These statistics yield a few important points. First, school children are relatively safe when riding a bus but other drivers do not fare as well in bus-related accidents. Second, although children are unlikely to die in a crash, they are at much higher risk when walking near a school bus. Finally, all drivers need to pay close attention whenever a school bus is in the area-smaller cars are more vulnerable in crashes and children may be trying to cross the street.
This report is an opportunity to remind children to be extremely careful around buses.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "School Transportation-Related Crashes," Aug. 2012