School buses are utilized by children and residents in Georgia, North Carolina and all over the nation. When a mass transit accident occurs with a school bus not only can the damage be severe but the number of injured parties can be significant. Most school buses do not have safety restraints for passengers. In addition, the bus is several times larger than a car, and a collision between the two can result in serious damage to the smaller vehicle and injuries to its driver and passengers.
Recently, local police were called to the scene of an accident that occurred between a school bus and an Acura automobile. The bus was carrying students from the Marietta School district and was en route to school when the driver of the Acura failed to yield and turned left in front of the bus. The Acura's driver was driving her 12-year-old son to Marietta Middle School and the boy was injured when the bus hit the passenger side of the vehicle. The boy was airlifted to a nearby children's hospital. The bus driver and 15 students from the bus were treated at the hospital for minor injuries.
The bus accident is still under investigation and charges are pending. Depending on the cause of the accident, those injured in the crash may have the right to bring a personal injury suit. Compensation from the claim would help with any medical bills and pain and suffering.
School buses are an important form of transportation in communities across the nation. The safety of the young passengers on the bus is crucial. It is important for all drivers to be especially vigilant when driving in the vicinity of a school bus.
Source: myfoxatlanta.com, "Marietta school bus accident sends several to hospitals," Oct. 26, 2012