It is always a frightening thing to hear about a school bus accident due to the fact that if any passengers were on board at the time of the accident, they were most likely children. According to the crash statistics compiled by the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, in 2014, there were a total of 192 school bus crashes and 80 injuries as a result. Unfortunately, this number increased in 2015 to 204 school bus crashes with a total of 99 injuries.
These results are very disturbing and need to be given serious attention. Any school bus accident can result in severe damages. Whether another vehicle was involved in the accident or the school bus crashed on its own, there needs to be proactive approaches put in place to help address the common causes of these school bus accidents and hopefully reduce the numbers as a result.
Nine people were injured in an Oklahoma City traffic accident involving a collision between a Greyhound bus and a semi truck. According to a News 9 report, the truck and bus accident occurred on I-40 eastbound just west of the Amarillo junction in Oklahoma City. Officials have not released information regarding what caused the bus and truck to collide. All nine of the injured victims were transported to nearby hospitals with minor injuries. It is unclear how the accident could have been prevented or if anyone will face charges for the crash. Read the rest »
Several children suffered non-life-threatening injuries in an Oklahoma City school bus crash. According to a report in The Oklahoman, the incident occurred at the intersection of Morgan and Hefner roads. The bus was traveling north on Morgan Road when the driver of a pickup traveling south tried to make a left turn. The pickup and the bus collided. Several children on the bus were treated for scrapes and released to their parents. Two teen girls in the pickup were hospitalized, but reported in “good” condition. The investigation is ongoing.
School bus accidents have the potential to result in major injuries and even fatalities. A number of school bus crashes do occur at street intersections. When such collisions occur, it is important to ask a number of important questions. Did one of the drivers fail to yield the right-of-way? Did someone attempt an illegal or unsafe turn? Did alcohol, drugs, or inattention play a part? Answers to these and many other questions can help determine precisely how or why the collision occurred. Read the rest »
Ten students were injured in an Oklahoma vehicle accident when their school bus crashed into a light pole. According to a News On 6 news report, the school bus carrying high school students crashed near Stillwater High School. The students were in Stillwater for a track meet. Several students complained of back and neck pain and were transported to a nearby hospital. Officials have not released information regarding why the accident occurred.
School buses are among the safest vehicles on the road because of their size. However, accidents can happen and children can get hurt. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,236 fatal school transportation-related crashes between the years 2001 and 2010. In those accidents, 1,368 people were killed, which is an average of 137 fatalities per year. The majority of the fatally injured victims were occupants of other vehicles, but occupants of school transportation vehicles did account for 7 percent of the fatalities. Read the rest »
A bus carrying more than 40 people was on its way to Oklahoma when it went off the roadway and crashed, killing two people and injuring at least 36. The Associated Press reports that the fatal bus accident occurred on President George Bush Turnpike in Irving, Texas. Officials say the bus was weaving across the highway before striking two concrete barriers and toppling on to its side.
The passengers were thrown inside the bus and many landed on top of each other. Two people were killed in the crash and dozens of others were hospitalized with injuries ranging from minor to critical. A representative with the Texas Department of Public Safety says that many of the surviving victims suffered bone fractures. It is unclear what caused the Oklahoma-bound Cardinal Coach to crash or how the incident could have been prevented. Read the rest »
A 19-year-old Sasakwa man was killed in a recent Oklahoma school bus accident. According to a report by The Oklahoman, the fatal car accident occurred on State Highway 56 south of Wewoka in Seminole County. Officials say the teenage driver struck a vehicle and then crashed into the rear of a school bus carrying 23 students.
The fatally injured victim was pinned inside his vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. A number of students were treated for minor injuries and one of them was taken to a hospital by parents. It is unclear why the initial collision occurred or if anyone will be cited for the crash. Read the rest »
A female motorist was injured in an Oklahoma traffic accident after the vehicle she was driving collided with a school bus. As reported by The Oklahoman, the school bus accident occurred near SW 129 and May Avenue in Oklahoma City. Officials have not released information regarding who was responsible for the crash. The mother of the car’s driver says that her daughter was injured in the Oklahoma City school bus crash. No children were injured in the collision.
School bus accidents often result in injuries because of the size and weight of the vehicle, but it is often occupants of other vehicles who suffer the majority of the injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 1,564 people were killed in school transportation-related crashes between the years 1998 and 2008. The majority of those fatalities (72 percent) involved occupants of other vehicles. Read the rest »
A school bus driver and seven students were injured in an Oklahoma City intersection car accident involving a hit-and-run driver. According to The Oklahoman, the school bus accident occurred at Classen Boulevard and NW 89 in Oklahoma City. Officials say a four-door Chrysler Sebring ran the stop sign and struck the bus, forcing it to tip over to its side. The driver and students in the North Highland Elementary bus were hospitalized following the crash. The severity of their injuries is not known. The female driver of the car fled the scene of the crash on foot.
It is illegal under Oklahoma law to leave the scene of an accident when someone has been injured. According to Oklahoma Statute 10-102, any driver who has caused a crash that causes injury or death must stop as soon as possible, return to the scene of the accident, exchange contact information with all other parties involved, and provide reasonable aid to those who have been involved in the crash. Read the rest »
At least one person was injured in an Oklahoma City car accident involving a collision between a school bus containing 10 children and a car. According to a KOCO news report, the school bus accident occurred near Southeast 15th Street and Choctaw Road in Oklahoma City. Officials say the school bus was about to turn left when a car rear-ended it. None of the children were injured, but the driver of the car was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. It is not clear if the bus was using a signal or why the collision occurred.
According to accident statistics gathered by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 1,564 people were killed in school transportation-related crashes between the years 1998 and 2008. Most of the people who lost their lives in those crashes (72 percent) were occupants of other vehicles involved. That does not mean, however, that passengers on school buses cannot or did not suffer fatal injuries. There were 96 crashes over a 10-year period that resulted in the death of at least one school transportation occupant. Read the rest »
Six students, a baby, and the driver of an SUV were injured in an Oklahoma car accident involving a school bus. According to a KOCO news report, the school bus accident occurred near NE 39th Street and Anderson Road in Oklahoma City. Officials say the bus was transporting students from Roger Middle School when it collided with the black SUV. The driver of the SUV and an infant were transported to the hospital. Of the occupants on the bus, six students were transported to a local hospital for observation. It is unclear what caused the crash or if either driver will face citations for the collision.
In general, school buses are a safe way to travel. Approximately 24 million students travel by school bus each year. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), school buses have a rate of .2 deaths per 100 million miles traveled. The rate of deaths for cars is eight times higher. Between the years 1994 and 2004, 71 school bus passengers were killed while 31,593 people were killed in car accidents in the year 2004 alone. Read the rest »
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