South Carolina Bus Accident Attorneys
Buses can be convenient and economical for moving large groups of people or taking long trips. However, while the number of accidents involving buses is still relatively small, bus accidents do occur. In addition to the risk of accident from a mass transit bus, school buses, charter and other private-use buses also contribute to the number of bus accidents each year.
School Bus Accidents
School buses are the largest type of mass transit in the United States, providing almost nine million student trips every year. In comparison, school buses trips more than double those of transit buses each year.
School buses pose a unique set of dangers to school age children. Statistics vary, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are 450,000 school buses in service. More than 25 million students ride a school bus each day.
School bus accidents can occur for a number of reasons including driver negligence, dangerous roadways, weather conditions, defective products and improper maintenance. According to school bus accident statistics, almost one half (45 percent) of all school bus accidents involve impacts to the front end of a school bus. Other common crash types include right side impacts, non-collisions, and left side impacts, rear impacts, and top impacts.
School bus accidents may lead to death or serious physical injury, including:
- Head injuries
- Burn injuries
- Brain and spinal cord injuries
- Fractured bones
- Cuts and bruising
- Internal injuries
Child Crossing Accidents:
These types of accidents occur when a child is hit or run over by a school bus. It is estimated that two of every three children killed outside a school bus are struck by a bus, not another vehicle. This happens when a bus driver fails to account for all children boarding and exiting the bus, unexpectedly moves the bus, or simply fails to see a child in the roadway.
Crossing arms are a recent safety device that protects children from injury. School bus crossing arms extend from the right side of the bus to a number of feet in front of the bus, which requires a child to cross the street a number of feet in front of the bus. This takes children out of the school bus driver’s blind spot.
As Bus Accident Attorneys We Can Help
We focus on complex and technical cases for our clients. The Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. has experience in litigating accidents. We are here to help you evaluate and pursue claims stemming from accidents involving you or your family. If you have questions about a bus accident claim, contact us today for a free consultation (803) 252-4800.