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School Bus Crash in Wichita Falls

Last week, there was a collision involving a car and a school bus in Wichita Falls. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened at Wayne Avenue and Midwestern Parkway. Prior to the crash, the bus was leaving Barwise with students on board. Although minor injuries were reported, nobody was transported to the hospital from the scene. Apparently, a car pulled out in front of the bus. The bus t-boned the car and pushed it across the traffic lane.

School Bus Crash on Wayne Avenue and Midwestern Parkway

Although very few details about this school bus collision have been released, we do know that the driver of the car was reportedly okay after the crash. There has been no word on the extent of injuries involved, other than they were initially considered minor on the scene. School buses are designed to safely transport children to and from school, but they’re not totally without risk, and bus drivers and other motorists have to navigate the roadways safely.

School Bus Crash Statistics

  • From 2004 to 2013, there were 327 school-age children who died in school-transportation-related crashes.
  • 54 of those children were occupants of school transportation vehicles.
  • 147 of those children were occupants in other vehicles.
  • 116 of those children were pedestrians.
  • 9 of those children were cyclists.
  • 1 of those children was a non-occupant.
  • More than two-thirds of the school-age pedestrians fatally injured in crashes were struck by school buses or vehicles functioning as school buses.

School Bus and Pedestrian Safety

Parents should note that the most dangerous part of riding the school bus is getting on and off of the bus. The “Danger Zone” is the 10-foot bubble that extends all the way around the bus. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) encourages parents to talk to their children about safety in and around school buses.

School Bus Accidents in Wichita Falls

There has been no word on whether or not anybody was cited in the school bus crash at Wayne Avenue and Midwestern Parkway. The cause of the crash could still be under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

If your child has been injured in or around a school bus in Wichita Falls, Lawton or the surrounding Texoma communities, contact the skilled legal team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation today.

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School Bus Driver Arrested For DUI

Earlier this week, a school bus driver in southeast Oklahoma City was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) after crashing into at least five different cars. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the wrecks happened somewhere between I-35 and Robinson, on SE 15th Street. Thankfully, no students were on the bus at the time of the crashes, but it is believed that the driver was on the way to pickup the children prior to the apparent drunken rampage.

Bus Driver Charged With DUI

Witnesses began calling in reports about an erratic school bus that was crashing into multiple cars on 15th Street. The bus struck at least five different cars in five different crashes. Odis Pitts, the 58-year-old bus driver, was found unconscious after the bus finally came to rest after going up an embankment and hitting a railroad bridge. He was taken to a local hospital and is now facing multiple charges, including one count of DUI/Drugs, leaving the scene of a crash and leaving the scene of an injury crash.

School Bus Safety in Texoma

Although school buses are built to safely transport children to and from school each day, they’re not completely without risk, especially for other drivers. The safety of children on the school bus is due in large part not only to the design of the bus, but also to the safety and care of the bus driver. School bus drivers owe a duty to other roadway users to operate their vehicles with the utmost care, whether children are onboard or not. School buses are much larger and heavier than smaller vehicles, and they can do a lot of damage to smaller passenger cars and trucks.

School Bus Crash Facts

  • From 2003 to 2012, there have been 1,222 school-transportation-related fatal motor vehicle crashes.
  • Of those crashes, there have been 1,353 people killed.
  • Occupants of school transportation vehicles accounted for 8 percent of fatalities during that same time frame.

Multiple Injuries in Bus Crash

According to KFDX News Channel Three, at least one person has sustained a serous neck injury and another person may have had a hand amputated as a result of the crash. At this time, very few details have been released, but the team at the Altman Legal Group wishes full and swift recoveries for each of the injured victims. This incident is still under investigation with law enforcement authorities.

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Mansfield ISD School Bus Overturns

On Wednesday morning, a Mansfield Independent School District bus overturned in Grand Prairie. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened in the 5700 block of Lake Ridge Parkway at about 8:00 a.m. At the time of the wreck, there were three people aboard the school bus. There were two district employees and one child on the bus.

Two Adults and One Child Sent to Hospital

First responders with the Grand Prairie Police Department were quickly on the scene. Very few details about the one-vehicle crash have been released, but we do know that all three occupants were taken to the hospital for evaluation and treatment of potential injuries. Thankfully, law enforcement officials reported that the child on the bus was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. At this time, it’s unclear why the bus tipped over beside the roadway, but icy conditions may have been a factor.

School Bus Safety in Texoma

Although school buses are designed to be safer than smaller light cars and trucks in the event of a crash, they’re not totally without risk to young passengers. One of the most dangerous parts of riding the school bus is actually getting on and off the bus. The school bus “Danger Zone” is the 10-foot area extending all around the bus where most children are injured or killed in school bus related incidents.

School Buses and Seat Belts

Additionally, not all school buses in Texas have seat belts, which adds another element of danger to the ride. Even though some school districts have incorporated seat belts, it’s not currently a requirement. Texas, California, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Louisiana have all passed some type of legislation for seat belts on school buses, but funding has not been appropriated in every state.

When to Call a Personal Injury Lawyer

If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, or if your child has been injured while getting on or off of a school bus, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. While you’re focused on taking care of your recovering child, your lawyer can handle the details of the case.

If your child has been injured in or near a school bus, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation today.

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Investigative Developments in NCTC Bus Crash

Two weeks ago, we reported on the fatal crash that took the lives of four students from North Central Texas College. They students, part of the women’s softball team, were headed back from a game against Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma. A tractor-trailer crossed the grassy center area of Interstate 35 and struck the bus carrying the softball team nearly head-on. The initial news report said that there were no skid marks that could have pointed to evasive maneuvers.

Investigative Developments

New information has come to light about the fatal crash. According to KFDX News Channel Three, initial investigative reports indicate that a marijuana pipe and multiple prescription drugs were found in the semi truck that struck the bus. At least two of the prescription drugs included drowsiness as a side effect. Since four people were killed and multiple others were injured, federal investigators were brought onto the case.

Marijuana and Prescription Drugs Behind the Wheel

While this crash may still be under investigation with local, state and federal authorities, it sounds like driving under the influence of prescription drugs and marijuana could have been factors in this terrible fatal wreck. The initial report from KFDX News stated that there could have been some distracted driving going on as well, so authorities are likely sorting through all of the available evidence to try to determine exactly how this tragic crash happened. Law enforcement officials were also going to subpoena medical records of the driver.

The Dangers of Drug Impaired Driving

It’s important to note that driving under the influence of drugs doesn’t just happen with illegal drugs. It can happen with over-the-counter and legally prescribed medications as well. Motorists and commercial drivers should never get behind the wheel if they have been taking certain medications that can impact wakefulness. Sure, everybody knows that driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal and endangering to other roadway users, but what about certain over-the-counter meds and prescriptions?

In-Depth Car Accident Investigations

Since there is basically no “breathalyzer” test for marijuana use or prescription drugs, it’s important to make sure car accidents are investigated to the full extent. Like distracted driving or certain other dangerous actions behind the wheel, drug use may not always be immediately apparent. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group to get the ball rolling on your case.

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Texas School Bus Crash Sends 12 Kids to Hospital

On Tuesday morning, a school bus crash sent 12 children to the hospital. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened near Farm-to-Market Road 879 and Ike Road. This one-vehicle crash occurred in Waxahachie, which is about 20 miles south of Dallas. For currently unknown reasons, the rear wheel of the bus left the roadway. The driver over corrected the large bus, and it overturned beside the roadway.

Injured Children Transported to Local Hospitals

At least 12 injured children were taken to two different area hospitals. Thankfully, none of the injures were initially reported as life-threatening, and all but one child was released the day of the crash. There is some speculation that the driver may have been distracted by something going on inside of the bus when the rear wheel left the roadway. At this time, the crash is still under investigation, and investigators are likely reviewing the camera footage taken from inside of the bus.

No Seat Belts on the School Bus

The children report flying around inside of the bus, and hitting the roof when the bus turned over. Although school buses in Texas are now required to have seat belts, the new regulation doesn’t apply to buses manufactured before September 1, 2010. NBC Channel Five DFW News is quick to point out that school districts across the state are still operating fleets of school buses without seat belts.

Distracted Drivers in School Zones

KFDX News Channel Three also reported on an important topic regarding distracted drivers in school zones. According to their report, about two million more drivers passed school bus stop arms in 2013 than in 2011. This disturbing news is attributed, at least in part, to distracted driving. Additionally, over 100 children are killed and over 25,000 are injured each year. Advocacy groups have started setting up cameras in school zones in efforts to crack down dangerous distracted driving around areas heavily populated with children.

Although school buses remain one of the safest forms of transportation for getting children to and from school, they’re not totally without risk. If your child has been injured in a school bus crash, or has been struck by a school bus or another vehicle at a bus stop, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your case. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes all of these children speedy and full recoveries from their injuries.

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Federal Government Oversight in Busing and Trucking Industries

A recent article by the Associated Press (AP) raises questions about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s failure to properly regulate the safety of busing and trucking industries. Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board are looking into bus and truck crashes that could have been prevented with proper federal inspections. The AP reports that tour and intercity buses move approximately 700 million passengers annually. This is only second to domestic airlines, which transport 785 million passengers each year. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration can’t afford to put 700 million passengers at risk each year due to negligent regulation practices.

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Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

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What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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