Maryland Bus Accident Lawyers | The Accident That Should Never HappenNovember 18, 2013
The images were enough to give any parent nightmares: a big, yellow school bus lying nearly upside-down in a ditch, engulfed in the torn greenery of the wooded gully where the out-of-control vehicle full of middle-school students had come to rest.
Video showed the bus being hauled out by a crane, the tree trunk that smashed through its front end still protruding from the hood beside the shattered windshield.
Remarkably, the October 4th accident in Baltimore County resulted in only minor injuries to the children, although the bus driver’s injuries appeared to be more serious. The children, who were able to escape through an emergency exit, were described as mostly shaken; you can only imagine how their parents felt.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says school bus safety is one of its highest priorities. In fact, it is likely that the structural requirements the agency has placed on school buses helped prevent more serious injuries in the accident described above. The NHTSA offers additional insights on school bus safety:
- School buses are approximately seven times safer than passenger cars or light trucks.
- The most dangerous part of a school bus is the area around it, as children approaching or leaving it are exposed to traffic risk.
- Most school buses do not have seat belts, as research has found they provide little or no additional protection to bus passengers.
- An average of 24 school-age children die in school transportation-related traffic crashes each year (11 occupants of school transportation vehicles and 13 pedestrians).
No parent ever wants to contemplate the possibility of a serious school bus accident. However, when it does happen, a parent has every right to take legal action against the responsible parties, including the school district, a contracted bus company or even the individual driver. The knowledgeable Maryland bus accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. can help you uncover the truth and get compensation for the injury to your most precious cargo.