Only five percent of the children who died in an accident involving a school bus were struck by an automobile. That fact is found in the latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tally of a decade’s worth of school bus safety data.
“More than half of the school-age pedestrians fatally injured in school-transportation-related crashes were struck by school buses or vehicles functioning as school buses,” federal researchers explained in their report.
According to the figures, no child died in 2017 after being hit by a motorist passing a school bus. There were, however, 1241 fatalities involving a school bus over the decade from 2008 to 2017, including 57 pedestrians who were struck by an automobile. Of these, only two accidents were caused by an automobile passing the school bus.
TheNewspaper has analyzed NHTSA data from the past 34 years and found that school bus drivers take the blame for 76 percent of fatalities involving a school bus from 1983 to 2017. Since 1983, the average number of fatal accidents caused by passing motorists has declined from 2.3 per year to just 0.2 per year.