You put your children on the school bus in the morning and barely give it a thought. Your children have been riding the bus to and from school for years without incident. Imagine getting a phone call that your child was not only involved in an accident while riding the bus, but taken to the hospital with injuries.
That scenario played out for the parents of eight Broughton High School students on November 4, 2014. 25 students in total were riding the bus as it crossed through downtown while transporting the children home from school. An otherwise uneventful ride quickly turned dangerous when the bus was involved in a collision.
According to reports, the collision occurred at the intersection of West Morgan Street and Glenwood Avenue. Laura Hourigan, an employee with the Raleigh Police Department, stated that the driver of the personal vehicle was cited for making an improper turn. The eight children injured in the accident were taken to area hospitals where the exact nature of their specific injuries was not released.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, only 0.35% of all fatal motor vehicle accidents between 2003 and 2012 involved school buses. During that time period, 1,353 people have been killed, at an average of 135 per year, in school-transportation-related collisions. 71% of those killed were occupants of the other vehicles involved in those crashes.
In the school-transportation-related fatalities, 49% of the accidents involved impacts to the front of the school bus. 46 of the people who died in these accidents were drivers; the remaining 60 were passengers.
Are School Buses Safe?
According to the NHTSA, school buses are still considered to be the safest mode of transportation for students going to and from school. In fact, when it comes to student fatalities involving collisions, 58% were traveling by teen driver, 23% by adult driver, and only 1% by school bus. The NHTSA reports that students who travel by school bus are 50 times more likely to arrive alive.
When a school bus is involved in an accident, it is definitely newsworthy. These events cause parents to rethink their choice to put their childrens’ lives in the hands of a virtual stranger. When it comes down to it, however, a school bus is still the safest mode of transportation for your young student.
Accidents happen. Vehicle collisions are an unfortunate part of driving. Statistics simply do not matter when you or a loved one has been injured as the result of someone else’s negligence.
If you or your child has been injured in an accident involving a school bus, the experienced car accident attorneys at Auger & Auger want to fight to get you everything you deserve. We have recovered millions for our clients who are just like you. With over 25 years of experience in North Carolina, you can rest assured that our attorneys have the knowledge it takes to assist you. Reach out to Auger & Auger today for a free consultation. We are here for you.