It seems like Houston injury lawyers are seeing a sudden rash of school bus accidents. The latest one has just occurred in Pasadena. The accident involved a bus carrying students of Bondy Intermediate School to their morning classes. The bus collided with a pickup truck. There were 44 students on board. Of these, 13 were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure to rule out any serious injuries.
The accident comes just as the National Transportation Safety Board removed school bus safety from its most wanted list. In its recent wish list, the 2011 Federal Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, the agency praised the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for passing a rule requiring lap shoulder belts on all Type A Buses manufactured after 2011. The new rules would apply to Type A buses which are typically smaller. Larger buses would be exempted from the lap shoulder belt rule.
As parents and injury lawyers in Houston, we believe it’s important to keep up the pressure on this important safety matter. The NTSB’s 2011 Federal Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements seems to focus harder on issues like truck and aviation safety, which are serious issues. However, injuries in bus accidents would be vastly reduced if we mandate seat belts on all buses, or at the very least, all school buses. Unfortunately, there are pricing issues to consider, and business interests that seem to place keeping costs in check at a higher value than children’s lives. Additional safety features like seat belts, would keep children in their seats during an accident and prevent them from turning into projectiles. But, these would be expensive and increase the cost of a school bus.
It’s sad, but we know it’s not exactly the kind of investment school districts in Texas will be willing to make in these tough economic times.
If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact the child injury lawyers at The Kahn Law Firm today for a free consultation.