School buses are among the safest vehicles on the road for the passengers inside. They are also among the least likely vehicles to be the cause of auto accidents when they do occur. The most frequent causes of school bus auto accidents in Greenville, South Carolina, and elsewhere are found in the behavior of other drivers who fail to use appropriate caution. They may ignore the signals or fail to pay attention when the bus makes frequent stops to pick up or drop off children. Rear-end collisions are the most common. Fortunately, in the majority of cases, all of the passengers inside the school bus are perfectly safe after an accident.
Most School Bus Auto Accidents Are Caused By Other Drivers
School bus drivers receive special training and are uniquely qualified to operate the large vehicles with multiple passengers inside. This is part of the reason that when school bus auto accidents do happen, they are usually the fault of another driver. A perfect example of this can be seen in one of the first reported school bus auto accidents in South Carolina in 2017. In this case, the school bus did not have any students riding the bus at the time, although it did have a monitor in addition to the driver. It was a multi-vehicle auto accident which included multiple passenger vehicles and an SUV. The cause of the collision was the vehicle behind the school bus, which rear-ended the bus, causing the bus to hit a vehicle in front. This led to a chain reaction involving the other vehicles. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries.
Most School Bus Auto Accidents Do Not Result in Injuries to the Passengers Inside
Just last month a school bus auto accident in the Upstate of South Carolina resulted in injuries to two people in the
other vehicle, but no injuries at all to the 11 school bus passengers. The incident occurred in Anderson County near Crescent High School in Iva, at 7:30 AM on a Monday morning. This collision was also caused by the other vehicle. The at-fault driver hit the bus head on while crossing into the turning lane where the bus was stopped and prepared to turn. The at-fault driver was also a part of the usual morning school traffic, with a nine year old passenger inside.
The at-fault driver and the nine-year-old passenger were both taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The 11 high school students inside the bus were unharmed. Even the bus driver, who is the most vulnerable person in a school bus auto accident, was uninjured. Still, the bus driver made the right decision by seeking a medical evaluation to be certain that she suffered no injuries.
If you are involved in a school bus auto accident, you would also be wise to seek a medical evaluation, even if you are not certain you are injured. It is still important to seek a medical evaluation after any auto accident because some injuries are not obvious right away, and you do want to make sure that any injuries are found, noted, and addressed before they can become worse. Then, if you need to file an auto accident claim, you will also have evidence of any injuries that may have been caused by the collision.
Another South Carolina school bus auto accident involved 22 elementary school passengers, with similar circumstances to the collision in Anderson County. The school bus was struck in the front by another vehicle, yet none of the passengers or the driver were harmed.
Some School Bus Auto Accidents Are Caused by the School Bus Driver
Another school bus auto accident that occurred in March of 2017 in Greenwood, South Carolina, resulted in charges being brought against the school bus driver. While it is not as common for bus drivers to be the cause of motor vehicle collisions, it does happen. In this case, the school bus was traveling west on West Townsend Rd, while the passenger vehicle was traveling east. The school bus driver made the mistake of crossing the center line, resulting in a head on collision. The driver was charged with traveling left of center, and the other driver suffered serious injuries from the accident.
Most Injuries to School Bus Passengers in Auto Accidents Are Not Severe
While the incident in Greenwood resulted in serious injuries to the driver of the other vehicle, the injuries to the passengers were much less severe. The bus had a total of ten students on board, and five of them were injured, in addition to the driver. Yet, none of these injuries were considered to be severe. Meanwhile, the driver of the other vehicle sustained a back fracture injury, which resulted in hospitalization. If you were involved in a school bus auto accident that was not your fault and which caused injuries, contact David R. Price, Jr. P.A. for a free consultation to learn about your legal rights and options for recovering compensation.
Some School Bus Passengers Are Seriously Injured in Auto Accidents
While the injuries sustained by the passengers in the Greenwood, South Carolina, auto accident were not severe, there are some cases where school bus passengers are seriously injured. In a recent example from April 2017, a school bus auto accident caused four of the students on board to be taken to the hospital. There was a total of twenty middle school and high school students on the bus when the incident occurred. It was a severe head on collision, with the pickup truck catching fire and the driver trapped inside. Fortunately, nobody was killed, and although the four students had to be transported to the hospital, their injuries were not life threatening. Another example involved a school bus in Blythewood being rear ended by another driver, and two students being transported to the hospital with a neck injury and knee injury.
While a school bus is the safest way for children to get to and from school, and serious injuries are fairly rare, you need to know what to do if something like this happens to you or your children. If you or someone you love was injured in a Greenville, South Carolina, school bus auto accident, call David R. Price, Jr. P.A. for legal advice.
David Price is a Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Collections, and Criminal Defense Attorney who practices in Greenville, SC. He graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law, and has been practicing law for 12 years. David Price believes in helping those who have been injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.