Earlier this month, Florida Highway Patrol responded to an accident involving a Nissan Altima and a school bus. The driver of the Altima, Cynthia Ann Wade, sustained serious injuries but was released from the hospital the following day. The driver of the school bus, as well as the three children on board, left the scene of the crash unscathed.
A study conducted in 2017 by the Department of Transportation found that there are, an average, 486 school bus accidents every year in the state of Florida. And data compiled over the course of the last five years shows an increase in school bus accidents in all but one county that was studied.
Officials place blame on both bus drivers and individual motorists. Many motorists do not give buses the space they need, which can result in dangerous accidents. And because school bus driver compensation is low, many school districts have a difficult time hiring quality drivers. Attorney Michael Maddox, who is currently battling a suit against a Florida School District in relation to a school bus that crashed into a pond with over 25 students on board, suggests training and a more in-depth hiring process would help the issue.
The most common causes of school bus accidents include:
Bus accidents can cause extreme physical and emotional stress on both victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been injured in a school bus accident, contact Fetterman & Associates today at (561) 693-3872. Our attorneys have extensive experience in handling bus accident cases, and will work tirelessly to help you get the compensation you rightfully deserve.
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