A recent school bus accident in Easley injured 10 children and one adult bus rider, according to WYFF4. After the accident, the Pickens County school bus driver was ticketed and put on administrative leave.
The accident happened just before 7:30 a.m. the intersection of Highway 135 and West A Avenue in South Carolina when the school bus slammed into an SUV. According to officers, the school bus pulled out in front of the SUV. Ten students were taken to area hospitals – three to Baptist Hospital and seven to Greenville Memorial. Of those, four were in high school, five were in elementary school and one was in middle school. There was one supervising bus rider who was also taken to the hospital.
Our South Carolina school bus accident attorneys understand that parents expect to send their child to school in a safe environment. This safe environment should extend to the school bus ride. Safe school bus drivers are a necessity in protecting our young learners. Unfortunately, a driver’s disregard for traffic laws left 10 students hospitalized. The driver was cited for failing to yield the right-of-way and was put on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association’s Traffic Safety Digest, the South Carolina Department of Education and the Office of Transportation is responsible for testing, training and licensing all of its public school bus drivers. It is important that these drivers are being thoroughly trained, educated and tested with the safe driving habits necessary for school buses in order to keep our children safe on their way to and from school.
Every day, there are more than 22 million children in the U.S. who ride the big, yellow bus to and from school and school-related activities. In addition to school events, millions of young passengers ride these types of buses to youth, athletic, church an camp events.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are nearly 9 million school bus trips taken every year. With nearly 450,000 school buses on roadways throughout the country traveling roughly 4 billion miles every year, accidents are bound to happen. According to recent statistics, more than 140 people die every year because of school bus-related traffic accidents.
Our South Carolina school bus accident attorneys would like to stress the importance of safe traveling school buses, especially for drivers who hold the lives of our young ones in their hands. Talk with your child about the dangers of riding a school bus. Be sure to remind them to be a quiet and courteous passenger to help the bus driver to focus on the roadway. Keep the child’s play at home and enjoy a safer ride to school every day.
If you are dealing with a school bus-related accident or a child injury in Easley, Durham, Fayetteville, Cary, or elsewhere in North or South Carolina, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
Winston-Salem School Bus Accident Injures 14 in Two-Bus Collision with a Passenger Vehicle, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, October 24, 2011
Jamestown school bus accident a reminder of the risk to North Carolina children, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, October 27, 2010