When we send our children to school on a school bus or other vehicle, we expect them to be safe on their way to and from school. Unfortunately, sometimes this is not always the case, either to the negligence of the person driving the children or to another driver. When school transportation related accidents occur, often the most innocent among us are injured, sometimes gravely. The Law Office of Shane Smith is dedicated to helping children and families affected by school transportation tragedies recover for their injuries, and is committed to obtaining the best possible outcome for each client we take.
In August of 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a report detailing school transportation-related crashes statistics for 2010. As defined by the report, a school transportation-related either directly or indirectly involves a school bus body vehicle, or a non-school bus functioning as a school bus, transporting children to or from school or school-related activities. The following is a list of statistics relevant to school bus safety:
- In the period from 2001 to 2010, there were 363,839 motor vehicle accident related fatalities. Of these 1,236 were classified as school transportation-related, representing .34% of all fatalities.
- In the same period, 1,368 people have been killed in school transportation crashes, an average of 137 people per year. Out of those fatalities, 7 percent were on school transportation vehicles, and non-occupants accounted for 21 percent. The rest of the fatalities (72 percent) were occupants of other vehicles involved.
- In the years of 2001 to 2010, there have been 123 school transportation-related pedestrian fatalities for pedestrians under 19. 69 percent of those fatalities were struck by a school bus, 5 percent by a vehicle functioning as a school bus, and 26 percent by other vehicles involved in the crashes. 40 percent (49) of the fatalities were children between the ages of 5 and 7.
- On average, 18 school-age occupants of school buses and vehicles functioning as school buses and pedestrians are killed in school transportation-related crashes each year.
Contact a Fayette County car accident attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a school transportation-related accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should have the circumstances of your case reviewed by an experienced Fayette County car accident lawyer. To schedule a consultation with an experienced Fayette County car accident lawyer, call The Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 484-8999 today.