There was yet another Harris County school bus involved in an accident 10 days ago, and this one left several students injured. The accident, which occurred on the last Monday of January on TC Jester, seems to have been the result of motorist recklessness.
According to police, a Toyota Camry pulled out right in front of the bus to make a left turn. The school bus driver was not able to stop in some time to avoid the Camry, and ended up striking the car. At least three students in the bus suffered injuries, and were taken to the hospital. Fortunately, according to reports, none of the injuries in this accident were serious, and the students are expected to recover soon. Residents in the area say that the intersection where the accident took place, plays host to far too many speeding motorists.
Any time an accident involves a school bus, it’s a matter of grave concern to us. As Houston auto accident lawyers, we know that although school bus accidents aren’t as frequent as motor vehicle accidents, they can result in more serious injuries. With seat belts still not mandated, it is highly likely that children will be thrown out of their seats and hit the interior of the bus, leaving them with potentially serious injuries. Injuries to children in a school bus accident can range from fractures, sprains, bruises and cuts, to more serious head injuries, brain injuries and spinal cord fractures.
Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced 4 recalls for Thomas Built buses. According to School Transportation News, the recalls are linked to problems with brake pedal arms, accelerator pedals, brake lines and under torqued fasteners. The recalls affect more than 15,000 buses of model years between 2006 and 2011.
Thomas Built’s parent company Daimler Trucks is also recalling several school buses of model years 2006 to 2011 because of jammed accelerator pedal problems.
If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, it is important that you contact an attorney quickly. We offer free case evaluations on all injury cases. Call us at 713-226-9900 or toll free 1-844-301-KAHN today.