WHEATON, IL – Nbcchicago.com writes that a school bus was involved in a car accident on Friday morning, February 8, 2019. The school bus was not transporting any passengers at the time.The bus struck a pole outside of the Wheaton North High School.
The reported that the bus and another vehicle were involved in the accident, which occurred at around 8 in the morning.
The cause of the crash has not yet been reported.
School bus crashes tend to attract media coverage, but in reality, it is important to note that these vehicles are extremely safe. Students who ride a bus to school arefar more likely to arrive safely than students who travel by private vehicle.
School buses are subject to higher safety standards than other kinds of buses. The color of a school bus is intended to alert other drivers to the bus’s presence, and the seats are compartmentalized to shield passengers from the forcein the event of a collision. When school buses are involved in fatal crashes, the victims are most often people who were occupants of another vehicle, and not those riding the bus.
While school buses are already touted as safe, many people are still pushing to make these vehicles even safer by adding seatbelts. Federal law does not require that school buses be equipped with seatbelts or that passengers use them. The buses are meant to be safe even without seatbelts, but safety advocates say that seatbelts are necessary because they provide additional protections for the students who use this transportation daily. Some states and districts already require that their buses come with seatbelts, but the laws vary in different parts of the country.