If you’ve been watching the news lately, you may be aware of several recent vehicle crashes involving school buses. From any perspective, accidents involving school buses are unspeakably tragic. And while they’re unthinkable, they happen more often than you’d expect. There are approximately 585,000 school buses operating in America right now. Their large, awkward size makes them difficult to drive, and school bus accidents lead to a reported 17,000 visits to emergency rooms every year. In 2010, 3,855 of these occurred in Pennsylvania alone.
Tragically, school bus accidents result in 20 fatalities every year. According to the Columbus Children’s Hospital Center for Injury Research and Policy based in Ohio, approximately 5 of these deaths are of children riding the buses and 15 are people struck by the bus before boarding or after departing.
Main Causes Of School Bus Accidents
In over 30 years of legal service, the lawyers at Philly Truck Accident Lawyers have handled many school bus accident cases. Among others, we’ve seen the following factors lead to accidents, injury, and pain and suffering:
- School buses are notoriously top heavy, which makes them prone to roll overs. In this event, school buses, which weigh almost 11 tons, or 22,000 pounds, can easily crush surrounding cars or pedestrians and harm passengers inside the bus.
- Improper maintenance can lead to mechanical failure during a school buses operation. Some buses have even been known to catch fire, threatening the lives of those inside. In this case, the school buses owner and manufacture may be held liable for negligible conduct.
- The president of the National Coalition for School Bus Safety reported that most school buses are technologically outdated. This fact can affect both the passengers within and motorists and pedestrians outside. For those riding the bus, many school buses aren’t even outfitted with properly working seat belts.
Contact A Philadelphia School Bus Accident Attorney
The attorneys at Philly Truck Accident Lawyers are well-acquainted with the emotional and physical damages that follow a school bus accident. If you or a loved were injured in a crash involving a school bus, don’t hesitate to contact us. You can call us at 215.405.0072 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.