Back to School Safety Tips

Summertime has come to a close, ushering in another school year for children across the country. While this season is an exciting time for students, it requires some preparation to ensure a successful, safe return to the classroom. In addition to cramming backpacks with fresh supplies, it’s crucial to review the rules of the road for school zones. 

Drop-off and pick-up can cause congestion, increasing the risk of car accidents and potential injury. In fact, an estimated 152,000 school-age children are injured during normal school travel hours each year. The majority of injuries (80%) occur in passenger vehicles, while a mere 4% happen on school buses.

Here at Ross Moore Law, our experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers have compiled some safety tips for families to keep in mind as the school year gets underway. And remember, if you or your child are injured in a car crash, our team of legal professionals is here to help you fight for the compensation you deserve! 

Safety Tips for Drivers

With more pedestrians and drivers on the streets, it’s important to remember these tips for navigating school zones:

  • Avoid distractions and keep your eyes on the road.
  • Obey the speed limit, or go even slower, to allow ample stopping time.
  • Watch for school buses’ flashing lights that indicate students boarding or getting off.
  • Be sure to stop for school buses. It’s the law!
  • Keep an eye out for children crossing the street, even outside of designated crosswalks.
  • Stay especially vigilant near parked cars that children may walk between and appear without warning.
  • Never text and drive, or use your phone for any reason, while on the road.
  • Avoid picking up or dropping off children across the street from school so that they are not required to cross the street.

Safety Tips for Your Kids 

Educate Your Kids On Safety

These safety tips can help keep kids safe at the bus stop and on the way to school, so be sure to review them with your student.

  • Only cross the street at a crosswalk and remember to look both ways.
  • Pay attention to crossing guards.
  • Learn the traffic signals, especially ones that indicate when it’s safe to cross. 
  • NEVER talk to strangers or get into an unknown vehicle.
  • Always be aware of traffic and do not turn your head away from it. 
  • If you are walking or biking to school, stick to the buddy system.

While many car wrecks are preventable, accidents still happen. Make sure your child knows who to call in the event of an accident, and review key details like their home address and a parent’s work number. Also, remind them to make 911 their first call for emergency situations.


Not sure whether it’s best to drive your child to school or entrust a bus driver to get them there safely? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), students are roughly 70 times more likely to arrive at school safely while taking the school bus, as opposed to arriving in a passenger car.


It’s also important to note that teen drivers are far more likely to be involved in an accident. Studies show that an estimated 55% of school-age children’s deaths involve a teen driver.Educating new drivers can help prevent dangerous car wrecks in and around school zones. 

Give Your Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer a Call! 

The start of the school year is a great time to review school zone safety, for both students and their families! Remaining alert on the road, especially in and around school zones, could potentially save a life – so keep the tips listed above in mind.

If you or a member of your family has been injured, our Atlanta car accident attorneys can help. Our legal team will handle every aspect of your personal injury claim, always available to address any concerns. Trust our law firm to fight for the damages you deserve, including compensation for medical bills, vehicle repairs, and more.

Ross Moore Law is conveniently located in Atlanta, GA and we are proud to serve clients throughout the state. Our law office is not far from Marietta, Alpharetta, and Peachtree City, so schedule your free consultation with a car accident lawyer today!

In addition to car accidents, our team works in the personal injury following areas:

Boating Accidents
Catastrophic Injury
Construction accidents
Dog Bites
Elder Abuse
Medical Malpractice
Motorcycle accidents
Premises Liability
Product liability
Truck Accidents
Wrongful death

Georgia Laws About School Buses & School Bus Safety

Georgia has specific traffic rules for when drivers approach a school bus stopped on the side of the road. Specifically, if a school bus has flashing lights and/or its stop arm extended off the side of the vehicle, drivers need to pay extra attention to the road around them and may need to come to a complete stop until the bus moves again.

There are five scenarios described in Georgia?s school bus stop laws:

  • Two-lane street: Traffic on both sides of the road must stop completely.
  • Four-lane with no median: Traffic on both sides of the road and in all lanes must stop completely.
  • Multilane highway with median: Traffic behind the bus must stop completely.
  • Two-lane street with center lane for turning: Traffic in all directions and all lanes must stop completely.
  • Multilane road with center lane for turning: All traffic in all directions and all lanes must stop completely.

As the aforementioned list of rules note, all drivers must come to a total stop in nearly all scenarios. This is due to the fact that children stepping off a school bus may attempt to cross the street without warning. Failing to stop for a school bus when it is loading or unloading passengers, flashing its lights, or using its stop arm can slam a driver with a high fiscal penalty and misdemeanor charges.Has your child been injured while getting on or off a bus? Contact Ross Moore II, P.C. today to schedule a free case evaluation and learn about your options.

SAFETY HINTS FOR DRIVING NEAR A SCHOOL BUS

At some point, you are probably going to come across a school bus when driving around your hometown or city. To keep yourself and children that may be riding the bus safe, there are a few basic driving tips that you should know. Be sure to review them and share them with friends and family as you see fit.

When you see a school bus ahead on the road:

  • Check all your mirrors and blind spots for adjacent traffic.
  • See if the bus is flashing its lights.
  • Come to a complete stop when required by law ? remember that flashing lights and/or use of the stop arm means you need to stop in most situations.
  • Do not move your vehicle until the bus begins moving again as well.
  • You may want to slow down to a safe speed if you do not need to come to a total stop.
  • Never pass a stopped school bus on the right side, no matter what lights or stop arms are being used or not being used.

If you have children, share with them these easy-to-remember safety tips:

  • Until you are ready to board the bus, you should stay ?three big steps? away from the bus ? or 6 feet if your child understands empirical measurements.
  • Do not enter a bus until it has completely stopped and the bus driver allows you to enter ? don?t be afraid to ask them if it is safe to board the bus.
  • Before stepping on or off a bus, look both ways out the door to make certain no cars are approaching.
  • When you step off a bus, move away from it ? ?three big steps? ? as soon as it is safe.
  • Do not stay near a bus, even when it is not moving. If you need to walk behind the bus or pick up something next to it, talk to the bus driver first for permission.

At Ross Moore II, P.C., we want everyone to be safe in our communities, but sometimes negligent parties cause accidents. If your child was hurt by a driver while boarding or stepping off a bus, contact our attorney. We offer free case evaluations to prospective clients.