When we send our children off to school every morning, we rarely think about the potential consequences. But like every other type of vehicle on the road, school buses are at risk of accident and injury, especially with the increased traffic in some areas that aren’t built for it. Lately, there seems to be a rash of accidents involving school buses, so perhaps it’s time for the government to address this.
On Tuesday afternoon, a school bus collided with a SUV as it pulled out of the Somerset Junior High School parking lot in Somerset, Texas. The accident resulted in six people, including one of the eleven children riding the school bus, the school bus driver and an aide, as well as three passengers in the SUV, being sent to local hospitals. According to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office the injuries sustained were non-life threatening. Police for the Somerset Independent School District continue to investigate the incident.
That incident came less than a week after two other Texas school bus accidents. On May 22, a Wills Point Independent School District school bus was travelling south in Van Zandt County, about 50 miles from Dallas, when a northbound Toyota Camry apparently drifted into the southbound lane and into the path of the bus. The school bus landed on top of the Camry, immediately killing the driver of the car. The bus driver and three children were sent to local hospitals with what were described by police as non-life threatening injuries.
Then, the next day, on May 23, there was an accident on I-35 in New Braunfels, when a school bus containing 14 students from San Antonio’s East Central Independent School District hit a Chevy Cavalier that had simply stopped in the middle of the highway.
According to New Braunfels Police, that accident happened at around 2 a.m., as the children being bused back home after a school event in Austin. The driver of the bus claimed she didn’t have time to stop, and the bus crashed into the car. Thankfully, none of the students on the bus was hurt in the accident, but the woman driving the stopped Cavalier that had stopped was arrested for DWI, and received what have been described as minor injuries.
School buses drive in the same traffic as you, and deal with the same risks. Every accident involving a school bus should be investigated thoroughly, to determine who was at fault, whether it was the bus driver, whether injuries were caused by defects such as lack of seatbelts, another driver or a mechanical defect. If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, or you or a loved one has been the victim of an accident involving a school bus, call the Texas School Bus Accident Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm today.