School Bus Accident In South St. Louis, Several People Injured
Wednesday afternoon in South St. Louis, three children and one adult were injured in a school bus accident at the intersection of Miami and S. Compton. They were taken to a local St. Louis hospital for treatment of minor injuries. No other details have been released as of yet.
17,000 School-Age Children Are Injured Every Year in School Bus Accidents
Every year, 17,000 kids are treated for injuries from school bus accidents, and another 4-6 children are killed. The total cost of damages every year in the U.S. from school bus accidents is $7 million. Most accidents are 100% preventable, especially school bus accidents. School bus drivers are required to obtain their CDL license, get at least six months of experience driving a commercial vehicle other than a school bus, undergo drug testing and a criminal background check, complete formal bus driver training classes (that typically only take a few days), and pass a two-part bus driver examination test.
Beyond this, bus drivers are required to take an 8-hour re-certification test every three years to reduce the amount of school bus deaths and injuries. How effective is re-certification though if the number of injuries and deaths of school-age children transported by school buses is still so high?
Common Causes of School Bus Accidents
When you drop your child off at the bus stop, the last thing that you might expect is to receive a phone call stating that your child has been injured in a school bus accident. The reality is, it happens more often than you might think. In November of 2018, 5 people were killed in school bus stop accidents over the span of 3 days. The most common reasons why school bus accidents occur include:
- Driver distraction
- Bad weather and road conditions
- Equipment defects
- Driving in a heavily populated area with a small radius for maneuvering a bus
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, students are 70 times more likely to get to school safely by riding the school bus instead of by car. That being said, if your child is involved in a school bus accident, you must hold the school bus driver responsible for the crash. Our attorneys are committed to obtaining damages for victims’ suffering and can recover compensation for your school bus accident case in St. Louis as quickly as possible. For more information, contact the Dixon Injury Firm today.