16 of 36 students from the Sunman-Dearborn Middle School swim team were
injured in a school bus accident after it crashed earlier this month near
Connersville in Fayette County at the intersection of South Gray and Ziegler
Roads. There were no life-threatening injuries although several students
were taken to Fayette Regional Hospital with small injuries and then released
to their parents.
Local police and crash investigators believe the cause of the accident
was brake failure and at this point the driver hasn’t been cited.
The investigation is ongoing.
Unlike this wreck, many school bus accidents are caused by another vehicle’s
driver, who may be distracted, speeding, or otherwise traveling in a manner
unsafe for conditions.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the school bus
is the safest vehicle on the road. In fact, your child is much safer taking
a bus to and from school than traveling by car. This statement may not
be surprising though, as it has long been proven that school buses are
safer modes of transportation. This information has been supported for
decades by these
facts and research.
Sadly, there are some outdated Indiana School districts where nearly half
of the school buses in operation have failed yearly safety inspections.
These failures are accidents just waiting to happen. Not only are the
reasons for failure potential causes of an accident but they can also
be contributing factors to an accident initiated by another vehicle where
the school bus driver cannot properly respond. Problems with brakes or
steering can certainly make an accident exponentially more dangerous and
increase the likelihood of serious injury or death.
If your child has been the victim of injury while riding on a school bus
as a result of another driver’s wrongdoing or an unsafe condition
on the bus itself, the law offices of Wagner Reese want to assist you
in bringing justice to these situations and restore your confidence in
the safety of the school bus. Call us a at (888) 204-8440 to schedule your
free school bus accident consultation and find out how we can help answer any questions you may have or assist
you and your family through any legal needs related to your child’s injury.