Statistics show that school buses are the safest mode of transportation for kids on their way to school and coming back home. Each year, they carry about 24 million students and collectively travel more than 4 billion miles. Considering how many children the buses carry and the distance they cover, deaths on the road related to this type of vehicle are extremely rare. In fact, unlike the rate of deaths in automobiles which is eight times higher, school buses have a lower rate of 0.2 deaths per 100 million miles traveled.
According to NHTSA, school buses are specifically designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing injury. But still, a few students are unlucky enough to encounter chancy situations while riding. Just like what happened in Yadkinville, N.C. — where a school bus carrying 21 kids from Yadkin County Early College, Forbush High School and Forbush Middle School turned over Tuesday morning.
The accident has sent the driver and nearly a dozen students to the hospital. According to Austin Williams, one of the passengers, the bus was driving down Summertime Road in Yadkinville when it ran off the side of the road at a curve. As a result, students on the bus went flying. After the wreck, Williams immediately called 911. EMS, school administrators and parents were hurried to get to the scene. Fortunately, none of the students were seriously hurt; the most serious injuries were a broken collarbone and a possible concussion.
At present, the bus driver and most of the students involved have been treated and released from the hospital. No other cars were involved in the wreck. However, the cause is still under investigation by highway patrol.
If your beloved daughter or son got involved in a similar accident, have been seriously injured, or traumatized due to other people’s negligence, we urge you to fight for your rights, acquire justice, and get the compensation you are worthy of. Call Auger & Auger for a free consultation. Let an expert lawyer assist you with your case.