According to News 4 San Antonio, a school bus accident occurred in South Bexar County. The bus accident happened when the driver of the vehicle lost control at approximately 7:15 in the morning. The bus veered off the road, and the driver suffered injury. Fortunately, no students were on the bus at the time of the accident or the crash could have been a major disaster.
Car accident lawyers in San Antonio understand autumn is the most dangerous time of the year as the school year gets underway and the autumn football season gets into full swing.
School Bus Accident Dangers
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “school buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school.” In fact, statistics show that chances of a child dying during normal school travel hours are much higher when traveling in a car with either an adult or teen driver than when traveling by school bus. A total of 58 percent of the fatalities that children experience when traveling during normal school hours happen when in a car with a teen driver, and another 23 percent of the deaths occur when in the vehicle with an adult driver. Just one percent of the deaths to children during school hours occur when the child is on a school bus.
Based on these statistics, the NHTSA reports that students are around 50 times more likely to arrive at school alive if they travel to school on the bus rather than if they drive themselves or if they ride with a parent or friend.
However, this does not mean that accidents never occur aboard school buses. In fact, the NHTSA also indicates that an average of 24 school-age children die in crashes every year because of a crash involving transportation provided by a school. Many more are injured on the bus, at the bus stop or while walking through their neighborhoods. An average of 11 of these deaths are children who are aboard school transportation vehicles. The other 13 are pedestrians who are hit by a school vehicle.
Often, when an accident happens involving a school bus or other school vehicle, the driver is to blame for the crash. In the recent accident that occurred in South Bexar County in September, it is not clear if the driver did anything wrong leading up to losing control of the vehicle. Often, however, school bus accidents happen when drivers are speeding or when they fail to pay adequate attention to the roadways. Texas has banned all cell phone use for bus drivers including both handheld and hands-free use of cell phones in an effort to minimize the potential distractions that bus drivers face. But these laws are not always obeyed. Bus drivers who don’t yield the right of way can also cause accidents, and wrecks can happen when school buses are not properly maintained.
When a bus crash happens, it can raise many complications if the bus was owned and operated by a public school that enjoys governmental immunity protections. Although government entities and agencies can be sued, there are added procedural and legal requirements associated with taking action against a school district after a bus accident happens. In many other cases, busing is provided by independent contractors and large bus transportation companies.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, car accident lawyers in San Antonio can help. Contact the Herrera Law Firm at 800-455-1054 for a free case evaluation.