After a recent school bus accident in Greenville, six students were taken to the hospital with numerous injuries. According to one witness, the accident was so bad, one student even passed out at the scene. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports that the accident happened when the driver of a pickup truck crossed over the center line and ran head on into the Greenville County School District school bus in the opposite lane of traffic on West Georgia Road.
According to News Channel 7, rescue crews had to cut the pickup truck driver out of his vehicle and had to rush him to Greenville Memorial hospital via helicopter. Six students from Woodmont Middle School were taken to Hillcrest Hospital. A seventh student and the driver of the bus were taken to Greenville Memorial. The most recent updates regarding this accident state that the driver of the pickup truck has been charged with driving under the influence.
As we’ve recently reported on our North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, traffic crashes involving school buses are oftentimes blamed on the bus driver. Unfortunately, in many other cases, they are the fault of other motorists. Just as we have to alter our driving habits around large trucks, drivers need to alter driving habits near buses. It’s not just for our safety, but for the safety of students as well.
The American Safety Council is here to offer a few safety tips to help us when traveling around school buses. Drivers are encouraged to review these tips and to share them with the drivers in their family. We all need to work together to help to reduce the risks of serious accidents on our South Carolina roadways.
Safety Tips for Driving Around School Buses:
-Always stop for school buses when they are dropping off or picking up students. It’s the law. Stop when following a bus that has activated its red or amber lights. When approaching a bus that is coming from the opposite direction with its lights on, you’re required to stop if you’re traveling on a two-lane road. On a four-lane (or bigger) road, you do not have to stop, but you should slow down and pass with caution.
-You may proceed when a school bus retracts its stop arm and stops its flashing lights.
-Don’t cut off a bus when driving because these large vehicles have a tougher time stopping than the vehicles that you and I have.
-If you’re caught for passing a school bus illegally, you can face a $1,000 fine and maybe even 30 days in jail for a first offense. You’re also looking at six points on your driver’s license.
-Remember that during periods of inclement weather, buses may be allowed to stop on the regular route at safe points nearest the house of each child. Still, buses are not permitted to leave regular routes. In poor weather, be ready for irregular stops.
-Never follow buses too closely.
-Drive slowly in all residential areas.
-Leave early for work in the morning so you’re not forced to rush around school buses.
-Always drive with your headlights on so that children and bus drivers can see you.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a traffic accident involving a school bus, contact the South Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free initial consultation to discuss your claim. Call 1-800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
Bus Driver Cited After Accident in Currituck County, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, January 30, 2012
Back to School Puts Children at Risk for School Bus Accidents in Asheville, Statesville, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, August 13, 2011