This time of year can be hectic for parents as they settle their children into a new school year. With a new school year comes a new set of safety concerns as well.
For the parents of many school children, the bus saves time and offers convenience, but it does not always offer safety. In fact, there were 1,236 fatal school transportation-related crashes from 2001 to 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
NHTSA defines school-related crashes as a crash involving a school bus or a non-school bus functioning as a school bus or transporting children to or from school or school-related activities.
In February 2013, four people were injured and 30 were hospitalized when a Calvary Coach bus carrying a group of Philadelphia area students crashed on its way back to Pennsylvania from Boston. The driver, was distracted by his GPS, ignored low clearance signs, and crashed into a bridge.
A distracted bus driver can leave dozens of passengers injured. Bus companies need to be held accountable for their negligent drivers. A bus accident lawyer can help victims determine eligibility to seek compensation of medical expenses.