According to Dallas County, on Monday, December 13, a box truck clipped a Dallas Independent School District (ISD) bus taking Casa View Elementary students on a field trip. The vehicles were traveling on Interstate 635 near Interstate 30 when the collision occurred. A spokesperson for Dallas ISD reported the wreck took place around 10:45 a.m., and that two passengers on the bus received treatment for minor injuries at a local hospital. Buses from Mesquite ISD arrived to take the students to Mesquite High School.
School-Transportation Related Crashes
Angel Reyes has some great news to share with all my fellow, “overly protective” parents out there: School buses are the safest form of transportation.
The Texas School Bus Transportation Statistics mentions that less than .5 percent of Texas roadway accidents involve a school bus. School-transportation related crashes are collisions that involve, either directly or indirectly, a school bus body vehicle, or a non-school bus functioning as a school bus, transporting children to or from school or school-related activities. This makes school buses the best option for transporting kids to school, making them safer than both walking or riding in a car.
Angel Reyes – Reyes Browne Reilley supports the adoption of lap-and-shoulder belt safety restraints to make them even safer.
School Bus Crash Statistics
- School bus-related crashes killed 109 people nationwide.
- From 2010 – 2019, about 69 percent of the deaths in school-bus related crashes were occupants of vehicles other than the school bus.
- 17 percent were pedestrians.
- 6 percent were school bus passengers.
- 5 percent were school bus drivers.
- 3 percent were cyclists.
Of the people injured in school bus-related crashes from 2010 – 2019:
- 34 percent were school bus passengers.
- 8 percent were school bus drivers.
- 53 were occupants of other vehicles.
- The remaining 5 percent were pedestrians, pedal-cyclists, or miscellaneous.
Tips for Riding the Bus
Riding the school bus for the first time is a big step for your child. For one, your child taking steps towards independence and responsibility; but what’s more, they’re also learning proficiency in another area: public transportation.
While school buses are the safest way to get children to and from school, injuries can still occur if kids are not careful when getting on and off the bus. Here are some tips for transportation safety involving buses:
- Walk with your young kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives. Make sure drivers can see the kids at your bus stop.
- Teach kids to stand at least three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches and board the bus one at a time.
- Teach kids to wait for the school bus to come to a complete stop before getting off and not to walk behind the bus.
- If your child needs to cross the street after exiting the bus, he or she should take five giant steps in front of the bus, make eye contact with the bus driver and cross when the driver indicates it’s safe. Teach kids to look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
- Instruct younger kids to use handrails when boarding or exiting the bus. Be careful of straps or drawstrings that could get caught in the door. If your child drops something, they should tell the bus driver and make sure the bus driver is able to see them before they pick it up.
- Drivers should follow the speed limit and slow down in school zones and near bus stops. Remember to stay alert and look for kids who may be trying to get to or from the school bus.
- Slow down and stop if you’re driving near a school bus that is flashing yellow or red lights. This means the bus is either preparing to stop (yellow) or already stopped (red), and children are getting on or off.
Dallas Personal Injury Bus Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one have recently been injured in an auto accident involving a box truck or school bus to no-fault of your own – you need a lawyer. Our attorneys posses the expertise needed when investigating a truck or bus wreck that the auto-insurance company would simply sweep under the rug. Do not let commercial companies take advantage of you, despite of how minor or severe the accident may seem.
Right now, your first step is getting in touch with a Dallas bus accident lawyer. Angel Reyes knows exactly how to protect our clients’ and their interests. Victims of accidents like this deserve compensation for damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, and more. With over 30 years of experience, get in touch with us now.