School is back in session. This means that there will be more motor vehicles traveling on Ontario roadways and highways.
Drivers will see more school buses on the roads and more children walking to school or crossing the streets. More than 800,000 students in Ontario ride buses every day during the school year. Therefore, drivers need to be vigilant when driving through school zones, driving behind school buses and approaching school buses from the opposite direction.
Buses, of course, make frequent stops to pick up or drop off students. Pursuant to Ontario law, Ontario drivers are required to come to a complete stop if they are driving behind or approaching a bus with red lights flashing. If drivers are approaching a stopped school bus, they need to stop at a safe distance in order to allow the children who are getting on or off the bus to cross the road. Drivers are not allowed to move forward until the red lights have stopped flashing or the bus begins to move. Drivers who fail to stop for a school bus with red lights flashing will face a minimum fine of $400 and six demerit points for a first offence. The penalty can be as high as $2,000 for first time offenders. In Kingston, the fine is generally around $490 if they do not properly stop for school buses.
The only time drivers are not required to stop for a school bus with flashing lights is when the driver is traveling in the opposite direction of the bus on a road with a median.
The Ontario Provincial Police encourages drivers to report those who fail to stop for school buses. Call 911 if you see a driver fail to stop for a school bus.
Ontario Pedestrian Car Accidents
If drivers do not stop for school buses, fatal pedestrian-car accidents can occur. Many of these accidents happen when students are crossing the street before boarding the bus or after getting off the bus. Drivers may be held responsible for the injuries and damages sustained by the victims. Injured pedestrians may be able to financially recover for medical expenses not covered by accident benefits or OHIP and/or pain and suffering.
Pedestrian Car Accidents in Kingston, Ontario
If you or a loved one was hit by a car in Kingston or anywhere in southeastern Ontario and want to explore your legal rights, call the car accident injury lawyers at Bergeron Clifford to schedule a FREE consultation at 1-866-384-5886. The lawyers at Bergeron Clifford are experienced car accident lawyers who will answer all of your questions and help you obtain the maximum recovery you are entitled to.