When you put your children on the school bus in the morning, you are putting that which you care most about in someone else’s hands. You entrust that your children will be safely transported to and from school. Unfortunately, this not always happen.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2006 to 2015 there were 324,710 fatal auto accident crashes. Of those crashes, 1,172 were classified as school-transportation-related, an average of 131 fatalities per year. Of those, 8 percent of those fatalities were children riding the school bus.
At Fellerman & Ciarimbioli, we fight for the injured of all ages. We know how tragic school bus accidents are for all involved and that’s why we won’t stop until your loved one is compensated.
The Major Causes of School Bus Accidents
Although fatal school bus accidents are not as common as other types of bus accidents, the consequences of these accidents are heartbreaking. There are several causes for the majority of school bus crashes, such as:
- Driver distraction. For bus drivers, not only do they have to pay attention to the road, but they also have to make sure there’s no trouble in the bus. All it takes one disruptive child to distract the driver. And the longer the driver’s eyes are off the road, the easier it is to get into an accident.
- Driver fatigue. The more tired a driver is, the more prone he/she is to make an error while behind the wheel. From failing to observe the rules of the road to slower reaction times, the results are always the same.
- Mechanical errors. It is the responsibility of the school bus company to regularly maintain the school bus for safety reasons. Failure to find a problem, such as an underinflated tire or a cracked air brake valve, could lead to an accident.
- Driver errors. These can range from another driver to speeding to making an illegal U-turn. If the school bus driver had not received the proper training or doesn’t have the experience, this puts everyone on the bus at risk.