The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that two students were injured in a school bus accident on Interstate 64 on the morning of Wednesday, September 8th. The bus driver had to make a hard stop at westbound I-64 at Ninth Street, injuring the two students, with one falling to the floor. The bus was traveling to an elementary school on Vermont Avenue at the time. An EMS unit was traveling nearby, so emergency medical personnel immediately transported the injured students to a local medical facility.
Although these students sustained minor injuries, this accident is a reminder that school buses are not always a safe place for children. Bus drivers have to keep their eyes on the road and contend with traffic, detours, and construction obstacles. They cannot provide constant supervision for children riding the bus. Older school buses do not have seatbelts, which puts kids at risk during an accident, and while newer models have restraint systems, it’s difficult to ensure that every student wears a seatbelt.
The size of the school bus also works against the safety of children, as they are more difficult to navigate. Turns that would be simple for a passenger vehicle driver are difficult for someone driving a vehicle as large as a school bus. As a result, there is a higher risk of child injury any time an accident occurs. When you put your child on a school bus in the morning, you expect that the driver will behave professionally at all times. Unfortunately, there are documented cases of accidents occurring because the driver was talking on a cell phone or not paying attention to the road.
Louisville auto accident injury attorney Tad Thomas is a member of the Kentucky Justice Association, an organization established to advocate for consumers and victims and protect the safety and health of all citizens in Kentucky. In addition to active membership, Attorney Thomas also serves as a member of the Board of Governors, which gives him the opportunity to seek justice on behalf of his clients.