School Bus

School bus-related crashes killed 104 people nationwide in 2022, down 3.7% compared to the 108 deaths in 2021, according to National Safety Council (NSC) tabulations of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

A school bus-related crash is defined by NHTSA as any crash in which a vehicle, regardless of body design, used as a school bus is directly or indirectly involved. This includes incidents involving school children getting in or out of a vehicle.

From 2013 to 2022, about 71% of the deaths in school bus-related crashes were occupants of vehicles other than the school bus, and 16% were pedestrians. About 5% were school bus passengers, 4% were school bus drivers, and 3% were pedalcyclists.

Of the people injured in school bus-related crashes from 2013 to 2022, about 36% were school bus passengers, 9% were school bus drivers, and 51% were occupants of other vehicles. The remainder were pedestrians, pedalcyclists, and other or unknown.

Characteristics of school bus transportation

According to the Schoolbus Fleet, in the 2022-23 school year an estimated 484,177 yellow school buses provided transportation service daily in the United States. About 21.4 million elementary and secondary school children ride school buses to and from school each day.

School buses are the best option for transporting kids to school, safer than both walking or riding in a car. NSC supports the adoption of lap-and-shoulder belt safety restraints to make them even safer.

The interactive map allows you to explore crash details of the 104 school bus-related fatal crashes in 2022. The filters on the right side of the map allow you to search for crashes by state, weather conditions, and indicate if speeding or distracted driving was reported as contributing circumstances. More details are also available by hovering over the red circular crash symbols.

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  • Fatality data are NSC tabulations of Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data.
  • Injury data are NSC tabulations of the NHTSA Crash Report Sampling System.
  • School bus transportation data accessed April 24, 2024, from Schoolbus Fleet