Two students sustained minor injuries after a crash involving a CISD school bus along FM 306 in mid-September, according to KGNB.am Radio News online. “The bus had just finished dropping off students at the entrance to the Wingate Mobile Home Park, in the 300 block of FM 306, around 5pm when the bus was struck by another vehicle,” reports KBNB. Only minor damage to the bus was reported, but two students complained of injuries. “Both were examined on-site and neither was transported to the hospital,” according to KGNB. However, following the incident, several students immediately called their parents to have them pick them up, which could have added to the congestion already in the area from the stopped school bus. The Mustang that collided with the bus also sustained little to no damage, and after an inspection by CISD Superintendent Andrew Kim, the school bus returned to its normal afternoon route.
The passengers and driver of the Mustang responsible for hitting the bus were lucky. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “an average of 24 school-age children die in school transportation-related traffic crashes each year.” Only 11 of these are children who were in school buses at the time of crash, and the number includes children who were in a school bus for extracurricular activities—those that sometimes go into the night and incur a greater risk of the driver being unfit. The remaining 13 students killed in school transportation-related accidents each year are pedestrians.
Though these deaths are tragedies, surely, school buses are “the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school,” according to the NHTSA. They are designed, reports the NHTSA, to “be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing injury.” School buses also keep more than 17 million cars off the roads in and around school zones every day.
Regardless, if you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving a school bus, you’re likely eligible for compensation. Don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated New Braunfels personal injury attorney today.