A personal injury attorney at our firm recently read that a school bus full of children collided with a two-axle box truck near Barrington this past week. CBS Local states that a school bus on the Tristate Tollway was carrying students from a nearby middle school when it collided with a truck. The bus was allegedly traveling with seven additional school buses around 10am when the collision took place, witnesses stating that the truck was the size of a moving van.
Illinois State Police released that twenty students sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the accident. “They (the children) are being treated and taken to local hospitals,” stated a spokesperson for the police department. At least five ambulances transported the students from the scene of the accident. The report states that southbound traffic on the toll way was backed up for miles as officials worked to assist the injured and clear the scene.
School bus accidents, including collisions between buses, trucks, or cars injure about 8,000 children every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Although the report does not specify who was responsible for the accident, our attorneys believe it is important to understand the risks and preventative measures that can be taken to avoid school bus related injuries. These measures include allowing proper distances between your vehicle and school buses on the roadway and being careful when making turns.
Specifically, young children are most at risk when playing or congregating near bus stops, and when they are getting on or off the bus. It is important for all drivers to remember the following rules when sharing the road with school buses:
-Always obey school bus warning systems. Stop for school buses displaying flashing red lights and an extended stop arm.
-When a school bus is traveling on a one-way roadway or a two-lane roadway and is stopped to pick up or drop off students, vehicles in all lanes of traffic must stop, preferably at about 20 feet beforehand.
-When a school bus is traveling on a four-lane roadway with at least two lanes of traffic traveling in opposite directions, only lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction of the school bus must stop.
Familiarizing ourselves with the safety issues and concerns surrounding school buses can help reduce the number of child bus-related accidents and injuries on Illinois roadways. A number of laws exist in regards to drivers sharing the road with school buses. Violation of these laws can lead to citations, fines, and loss of license.
If you or your child has been injured in a bus accident due to a negligent motorist, including the bus driver, please contact our law firm. We have the proper experience needed to assist you in determining if legal recourse may be available to you, informing you of your rights, and ultimately offering you the resources you need to seek legal action.