In October 2019, Spokane law enforcement was dispatched to an accident scene involving a school bus and two other vehicles. Children were on the school bus at the time that the accident occurred, but fortunately, no children were injured.
The accident occurred when a vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with the bus. The driver experienced minor injuries as a result of the accident was taken to a nearby medical facility for treatment. The driver was then placed in jail on two counts of vehicular assault. Investigation of the accident is still ongoing, but alcohol appears to have been a factor in the accident.
School bus accidents are some of the most tragic accidents that can occur in Washington. Due to the substantial size of the vehicles as well as the fact that they are often carrying many passengers, the resulting damage is often substantial. While these accidents are sometimes caused by school bus drivers, they can also be the fault of others motor vehicle drivers on the road. This article reviews some important safety strategies that you can follow to reduce your risk of ending up in a school bus-related accident.
Look Out for Children Near Bus Stops
Many people are familiar with the sight of children gathered around waiting for a school bus. In these situations, be prepared for the possibility of having to stop and wait for children to get on a school bus. When children are waiting for a bus, there is always the risk that one or several children might suddenly dash out into the street.
Drive cautiously whenever children are present, including near school bus stops.
Know What School Bus Signals Mean
You should be aware of what school bus signals mean. While all drivers are familiar with what turn signals mean, it is important to slow down and give buses ample space when they are approaching a turn. Yellow flashing lights signify that a bus is preparing to stop and either drop off or pick up children.
In these situations, drivers should be prepared to slow down and stop. Red lights on school buses signify that the bus is already stopped and that the bus is either engaged in picking up or dropping off children. Drivers who see these signs should be prepared to stop.
Slow Down When Traveling Behind a Bus
School buses travel at a slower speed than other vehicles, which can be frustrating to many motorists on the road who are often in a hurry. One of the best ways to avoid collisions with school buses is to accept that you will need to temporarily drive more slowly when in one's vicinity. By slowing down and relaxing, you can greatly avoid the risk of ending up in a school bus accident.
Speak with an Experienced School Bus Accident Lawyer
Unfortunately, you can be involved in a school bus accident even when you follow all the safety rules. If you or a loved one was injured in a school bus accident, you might be entitled to receive compensation. Contact West Law Office today to schedule a free case evaluation.