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.