When we put our children on the school bus in the mornings, we are entrusting the safety of our children to the bus driver. School bus drivers have a difficult job and must always be alert. They have to maneuver a large vehicle, often in heavy traffic and bad weather, while avoiding sudden stops or swerves that might injure their unbelted passengers. Unfortunately, every year there are accidents involving school buses that result in injuries and deaths to schoolchildren and other motorists on the highway.
According to the Virginia Highway Safety Office, there were a total of 116,386 traffic crashes reported in 2010 throughout the state of Virginia. Of this total, 572 involved school buses that resulted in 248 injuries to occupants of those school buses. A variety of circumstances caused these school bus accidents: the driver was impaired by alcohol in 2 cases; the driver made an improper turn in 33 cases; the driver failed to yield in 42 cases; the driver was avoiding another vehicle in 5 cases; and the bus driver was following too closely in 21 cases.
Adverse weather conditions also led to a large percentage of these accidents – 55 of school bus wrecks in 2010 occurred in the rain and 20 more in the snow. Other statistics on Virginia traffic crashes can be found here: http://www.dmv.state.va.us/webdoc/safety/crash_data/crash_facts/index.asp
It is important for other motorists in the road to use extra caution around school buses and to learn and obey school bus laws in Virginia. School bus drivers use the “flashing signal light system” to alert motorists of their intentions. Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should heed the warning and slow down and prepare to stop. The red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate that children are getting on or off the bus. The law mandates that motorists must stop their vehicle, wait until the extended stop sign is withdrawn, the red lights stop flashing, and the bus begins moving again before other drivers are allowed to proceed. It’s best to stop at least 10 feet away from school buses with red lights flashing to give the bus and children plenty of space.
If you have been injured in a school bus accident, you should contact an experienced school bus accident attorney immediately. Cases against a school board or other governmental entity have strict statutory notice requirements and notice deadlines. If you fail to give notice in time in a school bus accident case, you may lose the right to pursue the claim. An experienced bus accident attorney can guide you through the statues and applicable case law.
See Allen & Allen’s webpage about bus accidents for more information.
We all have our favorite apps that we cannot live without but do we have ones for when we are traveling. When we travel on vacation we tend to use less technology but with new apps that help make your vacation better you may want to keep the phone turned on. Check out the top travel apps in this infographic.
Infographic Design: A
The design for this infographic is great and the colors and images really work well with the topic. I like that it is cartoon images instead of real photographs because it gives the infographic a fun look. I really like that each section is clearly identified and labeled with numbers that count up the top ten apps. I appreciate that the titles for the apps are big and clear for the reader. A couple of things that could have been improved on would be the size of the text. I found it hard to read some of the text because it was so small. The plus is that I didn’t need to read the small text to know what the app was about thanks to the titles and images. Overall a nice infographic that really is a helpful list of the best travel apps.
Infographic Information: B+
The information is helpful and great for tech savvy travelers who may want to download these apps for their phones. It is also great for the everyday app user who would want to use their phones more while traveling. Each app has the benefits listed and even has the price so that readers will know what to expect with each app. The information is enough to give an idea of what each app does and so the reader can determine if they really do need that app. I personally have never used any of the apps but I look forward to using them on my next trip. This was a nice list and a great tool for travelers.
Cost in North America for rescuing skiers are paid by the Coast Guard or National Park Service so you are saved for free, kinda. Your taxes pay for everything. But Idaho actually up charges to save your adventurous butt, up to $4,000 for saving out-of-bounds skiers. The same for Arizona, and Colorado will actually fine you $1,000 for trespassing in closed territory. Obey all posted signs, skiers!
Cost of Being Rescued in Europe
Getting Search and Rescue to come save in Europe is a bit pricier, with costs ranging from 1,000 euros to 19,000 euros. Sometimes charges and billed by the hour, so start yelling so they can find you quicker.
General Search and Rescue Costs
Costs in both Europe and the Americas are high. Air Ambulance Repatriation (process of returning a person back to one’s place of origin or citizenship) is the most expensive by far. Helicopter evacuation and all type of life saving flights are costly. Repatriation in North America is extremely costly.
I don’t understand the chalkboard type being used for headings and the true design effort is minimal. The clip art coins don’t match anything. Nice use of the helicopter and money to represent rungs on the rescue ladder.
Information and statistics provided on rescue costs was eye opening, but three different currencies were used and in the bottom graph it didn’t make sense to use pounds for North America costs.
Search and Rescue Statistics infographic provided by http://www.complete-ski.com/
This infographic addresses Meet & Greet Airport Parking. Let’s get right into the facts.
Who Uses Meet & Greet Airport Parking?
Marital status: 54% married, 35% single, and 10% partner.
Age range: 9% are 30 & under, 12% are 30-39 years old, 31% are 40-49 years old, 34% are 50-59 years old, and 13% are 60 and over.
Average annual income: 48% make over £50,000 annually.
Why is Meet & Greet Airport Parking Used?
66% of travelers claimed to have saved over an hour of travel time using Meet & Greet Parking, and 32% say they’ve saved 2 hours or more. Of the travelers surveyed, 65% were traveling for leisure, 34% for business and 1% were traveling for “other.” 67% of travelers say it is very important to save time when traveling.
Safety and Security in Meet & Greet Parking
The Park Mark is a safety award car parks can achieve to show they’ve been vetted by the Police and that they provide a safe place to park. 94% of travelers say a Park Mark award is important to them. The UK has over 4600 Park Mark car parks.
Why is Meet & Greet Parking Being Used?
Convenience, price, to avoid the bus, good service, good value, and other reasons. Overall it’s a combination of price, service and convenience.
The design is very attractive. The colors and typefaces are nice.
The information provided is great for UK travelers considering Meet & Greet parking.
This is a comparison of the travel habits of iPhone, Blackberry and Android users. Who would have thought there would have been a difference? Let’s see what they uncovered.
Smart Phone Users in the UK
There are 11 million mobile devices in the UK. That’s double the number of Brits that live abroad. About 10% of the British population live abroad. The most popular place they live is Australia.
We’re then given a portion of the infographic that says that 9% of visitors to travel websites access the website from their mobile device. Of those searching for flights online 69% of them are iPhone users. It’s not clear as to whether these numbers apply to worldwide users or just those in the UK.
Another interesting snippet – Chinese authorities have uncovered 22 fake Apple stores in just one Chinese city. The stores look just like the real thing, and the employees think they work for Apple.
Global aviation accounts for only 2% of CO2 emissions. The mobile phone industry accounts for 1.4% of CO2 emissions. I don’t know what that has to do with a mobile phone user’s travel habits, but it’s nice to know.
The most popular travel app has over 10 million downloads.
7.5 million users in the UK own SatNav, but 3 million people in the UK have the free Google Navigation app on their Android phone.
What Does Your Destination Say About You?
iPhone users are two times more likely to visit a gambling destination like Las Vegas than Blackberry users. Blackberry users are 50% more likely to visit a top holiday spot and spend their money that way. iPhone users visit Athens more often than other users, while Android users are much more likely to visit New Zealand than iPhone or Blackberry users. Android and iPhone users are 50% more likely to visit Tokyo, and iPhone users are 4 times as likely as Android users and 10 times as likely as Blackberry users to visit Paris.
Another snippet: every year, 116,000 people in the UK accidentally put their mobile device in the washing machine.
Relationships on Holidays
iPhone users are most likely to go away for a “dirty weekend.” On the other hand, 11.4% of Blackberry users say they don’t look forward to going to a trip with their partner.
As for taking your partner with you on a business trip, 9.4% of iPhone users do it, 6.7% of Android users do, and 15.7% of Blackberry users do. Statistics are similar for who buys dinner for said partner and puts it on their expense report.
Work Habits on Holiday
Every year, workers spend 14 million hours searching for flights during working hours. Blackberry users spend 38% more time searching for flights than the average person. As for who works on holiday, takes calls from work on holiday and who works in bed, it’s iPhone users first, then Blackberry users, then Android users. Obviously, Android users know about work/life balance.
Snippet – Brits only use 10% of the features on their mobile devices.
Snippet – HTC CEO Martin Fichter said iPhones are for old people.
The design was OK. Nothing was too terribly distracting, and everything fit together visually.
The information provided was a little scattered. It’s almost like they tried to fill in the blank spaces with random snippets of information, which did not improve the reader’s experience because the information did not flow very well.