A school bus accident in Anderson sent a young bus rider to the hospital after the bus driver failed to yield and slammed into a minivan. On the bus were nine Glenview Middle School students. A 12-year-old was taken away in a neck brace to the AnMed Health Medical Center, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The accident happened shortly before 4:30 p.m. on the day before the school district kicked off its week-long spring break.
According to Independent Mail, the bus driver was leaving the school’s parking lot, pulling out onto Old Williamston Road, when she pulled out and slammed into a minivan. The minivan was driven by a teacher at the school. According to Sgt. Bryan McDougald, speed was not a factor in this accident.
Our Anderson personal injury attorneys understand that parents throughout the city rely on school buses to safely transport their children to and from school each day. We trust that bus drivers will drive safely, abide by road laws and help to keep our kids safe. Unfortunately, school bus accidents happen. It’s inexcusable when these kinds of accidents happen because of negligence on the bus driver’s behalf.
School buses are the largest type of mass transit in the country, offering nearly 10 million student trips each year. That’s about twice as many passenger trips that are provided by transit buses across the U.S. About half a million school buses help to get nearly 25 million students to and from school, sporting events and other school-related events each year.
Since 1990, nearly 1,500 people have been killed in school bus-related traffic accidents. Nearly 70 percent of the fatalities in these accidents were of occupants of other vehicles, about a quarter was bicyclists or pedestrians and another 9 percent were the passengers in the bus.
Every year, nearly 30 school-aged children are killed in school bus accidents. It’s not just the school-aged passengers that are at risk either. Many times, these students are involved in accidents before and after boarding the bus. Of the 30 yearly fatalities, about 20 die in pedestrian-related accidents, roughly 15 are killed by school buses and the last 10 are killed by other vehicles involved in a school bus accident.
To help keep our young students safe before, during and after their school bus rides, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety is here to offer parents and students with a few simple safety tips.
-Wait for the bus at least 10 steps away from the road.
-Arrive at least 5 minutes early.
-Only approach the bus once the bus driver has signaled the okay.
-When crossing in front of traffic, make eye contact with drivers before proceeding.
-Once you get on the bus, sit down and use an inside voice. No yelling or standing.
-Keep hands and other objects away from the window.
-Always listen to the bus driver.
-Be ready when the bus is approaching your stop. Gather your things. Stand up once the bus has come to a complete stop.
-If you drop something near the bus, tell the driver. Don’t bend down and get it!
-Step away from the roadways once you’ve exited the bus.
-Never walk behind the bus.