A 24-year-old and his 7-month-old baby were transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital after an accident with a school bus in Currituck County, according to News Channel 3. His vehicle slammed into a school bus on Highway 168.
“All I could see was the school bus, but underneath, I could see the car wedged underneath,” said Audrey Scanlon, the owner of the pizza shop on the road where the accident happened.
Our North Carolina car accident lawyers understand that traffic accidents involving large vehicles, like buses and trucks, frequently result in serious injuries and death. These larger vehicles overpower passenger vehicles like the ones you and I drive. Occupants of smaller vehicles oftentimes sustain a majority of the injuries and fatalities during traffic accidents with buses and trucks. Drivers are asked to be cautious when driving near these large vehicles to help to prevent any injuries or death. Driving around these vehicles require caution and attention.
Emergency response teams had to cut the 24-year-old driver and his baby out of the car that was wedged underneath the school bus. Luckily, the driver only suffered from a broken arm. Injuries could have been much worse.
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, there were only the driver and four kids on the school bus at the time of the accident. None of the bus’ occupants were injured. The driver of the school bus has been cited by law enforcement for failing to yield.
Authorities worried that the accident could have resulted in explosions, as well. Many can’t believe that the accident wasn’t more catastrophic.
The driver of the passenger vehicle remains in the hospital and was last listed to be in fair condition.
Millions of students rely on school buses to get to and from school and other school-related events every year. Parents rely on bus drivers to keep their children safe during these road trips. Parents expect these drivers to be responsible and cautious with their children on board. They also expect school bus drivers to abide by common road laws to help to ensure the safety of other motorists.
It’s estimated that there are roughly 9 billion trips made by 240,000 school buses every year. Still, nearly 30 school-aged children are killed on these rides every year. To make matters even worse, hundreds of thousands more are injured during the same time.
“Although accidents do occur, the yellow school bus is still the safest way to transport children to and from school,” said Pete Japikse, of the American School Bus Council.
Safety Tips for Drivers near School Buses from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT):
-Be sure to always leave adequate room between your vehicle and a school bus. You never want to tailgate a school bus or cut in front of one.
-Stop if you’re moving in the same direction as a bus that has stopped.
-Stay stopped until the bus starts moving.
-Keep a lookout for children on all sides of the bus.
-Obey all traffic signs and signals.
-Always pay attention when traveling near school buses. Curb distractions.
-Do your part t keep school zones and bus stops safe.
If you or your child has been injured in a school bus accident in North or South Carolina, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.
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