On Monday morning in the Briarwood area of Queens New York, as the school bus was traveling west on 87th Avenue, a taxi driver allegedly ran a red light and collided with the school bus. The accident caused the bus to roll on its side. According to the New York Post, there were children, the bus driver and a chaperone on the bus at the time of the accident. The chaperone suffered serious injuries and had to be cut from the wreckage. Witnesses said that the taxi driver was talking on a cell phone at the time of the crash.
Just within this past month, there was another yellow bus accident in Queens where a minivan crashed into a school bus and another school trip bus accident as kids were coming home after a day at Dorney Park and Wild Water Kingdom. Earlier this year, a dump truck collided with a school bus in Chesterfield and it killed one triplet and seriously injured her sister as well as other students.
In the United States, most school buses are not required by law to have passenger seat belts. Instead, it is believed that the school buses provide protection to the riders by creating small passenger compartments in the event of a crash. In addition, they should have crush-proof roofs in case of a rollover, strong joints in between steel paneling, seats with high backs and thick padding. However, it appears that even with these "safety features" yellow school bus riders are still thrown around the passenger compartment of the bus during an accident and seriously injured or killed.
If you, your child, or a loved one was injured while on a yellow bus or school bus, you would want to speak with an attorney who is experienced with complex cases and special laws regarding school buses, manufacturing defects, road design defects, school transportation, driver error, product defects and motor vehicle accident law. Since 1958, the experienced auto and bus accident attorneys here at the Philadelphia Beasley Law Firm have been successfully representing children who were catastrophically injured or killed in bus accidents. To date, we have had over $2 billion awarded on behalf of our injured clients with hundreds of million and multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. Please feel free to contact us at (215) 866-2424 for a strictly confidential and free consultation.