The school year has barely started and the country is already being overrun with school bus accidents. Many parents struggle with the decision to have their child ride the bus, worried about all the things that could go wrong. This recent rash of accidents will only make that decision more difficult.
The incidents have become so common that the state of North Carolina has begun investigating what precisely is contributing to the increase. Parents want to be reassured that their child will be safe on the base. But even as investigators struggle to find a common cause, the events continue to occur with horrifying regularity. Recent examples include:
- A fifteen year old boy being struck and killed by a school bus in Pennsylvania
- Two serious injuries requiring hospitalization after an accident in Georgia
- Sixteen injuries in Pensacola, Florida, after a crash between a truck and a school bus
- Two teenagers left dead in Houston after a terrible school bus accident
The incident in Houston has received the majority of the national attention, and the details are sobering because they are the same as so many other school bus accidents. Any of the previously mentioned accidents could have been as bad, and it was only through sheer luck that more students haven’t been killed.
School bus safety must become a priority for states, counties, cities, and school districts. It is unconscionable to continue to put children and young adults at risk of serious injury or even death. If there is even the faintest hint of negligence, something must be done to correct it.
If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, you are certainly wondering how to proceed. Figuring out who was at fault and what could have been done to prevent the accident can be extremely difficult, especially if you are coping with the injury to your son or daughter. Please, consult an experienced lawyer who can help you get the answers you need while you provide the needed care for your child.