A school bus crash in Texas on January 17 took place around 7:30 a.m. when a tractor-trailer hardware truck reportedly ran a stop sign. A Huffington Post article states that as a result of the truck clipping the school bus, the bus was flipped onto its side. The bus was transporting approximately 38 students from all grade levels and was heading to the first of three school locations to drop students off.
Police reported that a nine-year-old boy was ejected through the school bus roof’s escape hatch and the bus driver was knocked unconscious in the accident. Two other adults, including the truck driver were injured. Three of the 29 kids injured were admitted to a local hospital and 26 of the children were discharged after receiving treatment. One child is in critical condition but is expected to survive.
Bus accidents, especially school bus accidents, are a major concern throughout the United States due to the significant amount of people who often suffer injuries as a consequence. In addition, buses do not typically contain the same safety restraints as other vehicles, putting passengers at risk of injury or death. Based on data provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 9,000 bus injury collisions in 2009 with 20,000 individuals injured overall. These numbers, although high, are lower than the 11,000 bus injury collisions in 2008 with 24,000 individuals injured overall.
At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our San Diego bus accident lawyers are familiar with the complexities of bus crash litigation, as multiple liable parties may be involved in which proving fault requires proper evidence and effective legal strategies. Bus drivers and the companies that employ them are responsible for vehicle maintenance and following all safety rules and regulations. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus crash, our attorneys can help you hold negligent parties legally responsible and obtain the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, call 213-514-8332 today.