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Car Causes Bus Accident

Three preschool-age children were hurt when a car collided with the school bus they were on. The bus was about a block away from Tacoma’s Mann Elementary when the crash happened. A spokesman for the Tacoma Fire Department said that the car slammed into the side of the bus at the intersection.

Tacoma School District described the incident as an “uncontrolled intersection collision.”  All three children were taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital with minor injuries. The drivers of the bus and car were not seriously injured. View original news source here.

How Safe Are School Buses?

School buses are the safest vehicles on the road. They can withstand crashes and prevent injuries for its young occupants. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) justifiably notes that school bus crashes have some of the lowest fatality and injury statistics of all motor vehicle accidents on the road.

School bus drivers have the qualifications to operate these highly visible buses. Yellow is the universal color for most school buses and include flashing red lights, cross-view mirrors, and retractable stop signs. These mammoth passenger vehicles feature protective seating, high crush standards, and rollover protection features.  Read more on bus safety features here.

School Bus Traffic Laws

In most states, specific laws protect students and their ride to school–with school bus traffic laws strictly enforced. It is illegal for drivers to pass a school bus while dropping off or picking up children, regardless of which direction they are approaching from.  Speeding through school zones, being careless in drop-off and loading zones, and not yielding to pedestrians and children in crosswalks near schools will land you will hefty fines and penalties.  Safety requirements and enforcement are taken very seriously for schools and its buses. http://schoolbusfacts.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/SafetyFeatures-1.pdf 

Uncontrolled Intersections

Nationally, 40 percent of all crashes happen in an intersection–second only to rear-end collisions. Reasons for this are on the graph below:

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https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/811366

 

In the case of an uncontrolled intersection, the rule of thumb is to always Yield the Right of Way.

Right-of-Way Rules Prevent Auto Accidents

Failure to yield the right-of-way is the second most frequent cause of fatal accidents. Auto accidents don’t just happen, but are usually the result of someone ignoring or being unaware of the major rules of the road. Knowing when you have the right-of-way is not as important as knowing when you do NOT have it.  Assuming an over-confident attitude behind the wheel can be costly, and sometimes, even deadly.  Common courtesy still goes a long way and, no doubt, saves lives on the road.

The Right of Way rule often causes confusion amongst drivers. It refers to the motorist’s right to navigate an intersection ahead of another vehicle. Right-of-way rules keep everyone safe to avoid mass confusion. Simply stated, it is the order for vehicles, traveling on roads and highways, to cross and intersect each other.

Here is a list of reminders about Who has the Right of Way: http://www.safemotorist.com/articles/right_of_way.aspx 

Our Auto Accident & Personal Injury Lawyers Are Here to Help

If you or someone you know has been hurt in a car or school bus accident, contact Fielding Law Group for a free consultation. If another motorist acted negligently, violated traffic laws, or failed to yield, we can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Remember–don’t let an accident wreck YOU!

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