On the morning of Friday, November 22nd, four Aldine ISD students were sent to the hospital after a school bus transporting them was involved in a multi-vehicular accident between Texas State Highway 249 and Veterans Memorial Drive.
Details About The Incident
According to a spokesperson from Aldine ISD, the accident was a domino effect where multiple vehicles collided into each other, ultimately wrecking into the school bus.
A driver had exited a McDonald’s parking lot when it was struck by a white truck. As a result, the car then hit another vehicle and then proceeded to strike the school bus. The truck driver that essentially caused the collisions in the first place fled the scene.
The school principal contacted the parents of the four students that were sent to the hospital immediately afterward and spent time with the students when they were treated for injuries, all of which were not life-threatening.
An Overview into School Transportation Accident Statistics
According to School Bus Fleet, a school bus maintenance and management magazine serving the U.S. and Canada, a school bus is one of the most popular transportation methods for grade school children, with an estimated 471,461 buses picking up and dropping off children every day.
Regardless of how safely equipped and designed these vehicles may be, however, accidents can happen at any time.
According to the most recent data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and tabulated by the National Safety Council (NSC), the number of school bus-related fatalities from 2009 through 2018 include:
- Occupants of the opposite vehicles (70 percent).
- Pedestrians (17 percent).
- Passengers within school buses (5 percent).
- School bus drivers (4 percent).
- Pedalcyclists, i.e. riders of non-motorized, two-wheeled vehicles powered by pedals like bicycles, unicycles, and tricycles (2 percent).
In Addition, 2008 was the most impactful year for these types of accidents with a total of 152 fatalities and injuries. On the other hand, a total of 117 school bus accident-related fatalities occurred in 2018.
Houston Truck Accident Lawyer You Can Rely On
While luckily there were no reported severe injuries in this particular case, accidents like these cannot go unaddressed. The Houston truck accident lawyers of Lapeze & Johns have years of experience in fighting negligent drivers and their defense attorneys in civil court, earning maximum compensation for victims to aid in their recovery.
If you, your child, or someone you know has been involved in a school bus accident involving a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation.