Some of the most tragic accident types are accidents involving children on school buses. From the years 2003 to 2012, 174 school-aged children have died in school-transportation-related crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The following reviews school bus accident statistics in the U.S. and Pennsylvania:
School Bus Crashes: Pedestrians and Riders Affected
In school bus crashes spanning the years from 2003 to 2012, both pedestrians and riders have been affected. According to NHTSA data, there have been 119 school-age pedestrian deaths caused by school transportation-related crashes. Of those, 65 percent were struck by school buses, 5 percent were struck by vehicles that functioned as school buses (transporting children), and other vehicles that were involved in the crashes struck 30 percent. Thirty-five percent of these fatalities involved school-age children between the ages of five and seven. Eight percent of total fatalities between the years of 2003 and 2012 comprised riders/occupants.
Pedestrians Killed by School Buses – Preceding Factors
The majority of school-vehicle-related accidents from 2003 to 2012 that resulted in pedestrian deaths occurred while the vehicle was going straight. Five of the accidents out of 77 occurred when the vehicle entered or left a parked position, and nine occurred when the vehicle was turning left.
Pennsylvania’s School Bus Accidents
The statistics cited above were national. On a more local level, there were zero occupant deaths caused by school bus accidents recorded in Pennsylvania in 2014. However, school bus accidents did characterize .3 percent of all fatal crashes in the state that year, and .4 percent of all injury crashes. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were more than 3,900 people involved in school bus crashes in the state in 2014; of those, three people were killed, but 88 percent suffered no injury at all. Pedestrians and the drivers of other vehicles characterized the groups most commonly harmed in school bus accidents – there were no school bus occupant deaths from 2010 to 2014, except a bus driver in 2011.
Taking Legal Action After a School Bus Accident
Determining liability in a school bus accident isn’t always easy to do. To help you discover why a school bus accident occurred and who may handle your or your child’s injuries, you’ll want a legal advocate on your side.
From proving fault to filing a claim for damage, the attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC have what it takes to represent you. For more information about school bus accidents and liability in Pennsylvania, call us today at 215-642-2335 or contact us online.