If someone were to ask you to name the most sizable system of mass transportation in the United States, what would be your reply? Many people would likely cite the many public transit bus systems. This answer would make sense given the high number of buses running routes in major cities and large towns. Other popular forms of mass transit include passenger trains, coach buses and planes flown by commercial airlines.

Yet if you go by the numbers, these forms of mass transportation taken collectively pale in comparison to a fleet that you are likely very familiar with; the school bus system. In fact, according to statistics found in a white paper produced by the National Association for Pupil Transportation, there are 480,000 school buses in service, which is two and a half times all other forms of mass transit vehicles combined.

In terms of passenger use, recent estimates indicate the number of school bus passengers was more than double that of all transit passengers. These and other statistics bear out that on days where school is in session, school buses are easily or nation’s largest transit system.

These passengers are often our most vulnerable, especially those who are very young and still learning how to conduct themselves in a safe manner. This means that school bus drivers and other motorists must take special care in looking out for the precious cargo being transported on the ubiquitous yellow buses.

Sadly, it is all too easy for a child to be injured in a school bus-related accident. A child who is hurt while riding on or walking near a school bus may suffer life-altering injuries that require long-term treatment. If your child has been the victim of such an accident, a California personal injury attorney may be able to help you get appropriate compensation. By investigating the incident, the attorney could determine liability and work on your behalf to help get the money you need to care for your child.