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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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Back to School Safety in Texoma

Millions of kids across Texas are going back to school this month, and the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) is reminding drivers and children how to stay safe on in school zones. In 2013, 625 traffic crashes happened in Texas school zones, resulting in two deaths and 112 serious injuries. More than 100 of those crashes happened in August and September alone. Not only is the TXDOT focusing on school bus and crosswalk safety, they’re also reminding drivers about the importance of navigating school zones safely. Listed below are the TXDOT’s top safety tips for motorists driving in school zones.

Driving Safely in School Zones

  • Put your cell phone down.
  • Always obey posted school zone speed limits.
  • Drop off and pickup kids in designated areas only.
  • Watch out for children gathered at bus stops.
  • Be alert for children who might dart across the street on their way to school.
  • Remain vigilant, and never engage in distracted driving behaviors.

Car Accidents in School Zones

Most school zone car accidents are totally preventable. The TXDOT reports that some of the most common causes for car accidents in school zones are driver inattention, failure to control speed and failure to yield the right-of-way at stop signs. Not only are drivers putting the lives of children and other motorists at risk, they’re also risking expensive tickets and fines. In Texas, cell phone use is banned in active school zones, and violators could face fines of up to $200 if caught.

Tips for Students

  • Only cross at intersections and designated crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again before crossing streets.
  • Look for traffic when stepping off of a bus or from behind parked cars.
  • Before crossing the street, make eye contact with drivers.
  • Always obey crossing guards and bus drivers.
  • Always wear a helmet when bicycling to and from school.

School Zone Car Accidents in Wichita Falls

After any kind of car accident caused by somebody else’s negligent or dangerous behavior, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney. Insurance companies are notoriously difficult to deal with and often have teams of lawyers on their side.

If your child has been injured in a school zone car accident or a school bus accident, contact the experienced team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for an immediate free consultation.

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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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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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