April 23, 2012

Investigation of Problematic School Buses Reveals Safety Hazard

by Levin & Perconti

Earlier today, WashingtonPost.com released a news report detailing a government mandated investigation of a particular model of school buses that have been shown to shall without warning. A Chicago truck accident attorney at our firm read the news article which further revealed that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted a notice about the investigation of all school buses from the 2008 model year on their website yesterday.

Although no accidents or injuries have been reported, three cases have been reported by the International CE-brand buses in which the high-pressure oil lines on the school buses - which connect the oil pump to the fuel injectors – have apparently failed.

Our Chicago truck accident attorney learned that in one of the reported cases by International CE-brand buses, a school bus full of public school children was traveling 55 mph when the school bus began smoking and ultimately stalled. The driver of the school bus was required to pull over to the side of the road. Fortunately, no one was injured as a result of the incident.

Any Chicago trucking accident attorney will tell you that the safety of school children on school buses always remains a top priority by local, state, as well as, the federal government. Given that school buses provide a substantial amount of mass transportation across our nation, it is no surprise that the number of accident involving school buses resulting in injury or fatality is increasing.

According to school bus accident statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 8,000 school children are injured in school bus accidents each and every year. Additionally, supplemental data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that although 42 percent of these injuries were related to school bus crashes, roughly a quarter of the injuries resulted when the children were boarding or leaving the school buses. Injuries were also reported in cases when they slip and fall on school buses or when school bus drivers apply the bus’s brakes too hard to turn corners too rapidly.

Our Illinois truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti are pleased to learn that the federal government is taking the initiative to ensure the safety of our school children through the regulated inspection of the vehicles that transport children to and from school. In the unfortunate event you or a loved one was injured in a school bus accident due to driver negligence or faulty bus equipment, please contact our experienced accident attorneys to see what legal rights may be available to you.