Lancaster Online reports that a school bus accident occurred in Lancaster, PA. According to the article, the accident occurred on Millersville Pike at approximately 7:23 a.m. when a sport utility vehicle collided with a school bus headed to the Lancaster Mennonite School. Pictures on Lancaster Online show the SUV rear-ended the bus. Officials report that there were middle and high school aged children on the bus at the time of the Pennsylvania school bus accident, and six students were injured. Some children were taken to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment of their injuries, which are reported to be minor.
The article does not disclose why the accident occurs, nor does it state possible factors.
One of the most common causes of vehicle accidents in the United States is distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,474 people were killed and an estimated 448,000 were injured in accidents in 2009 that were reported to involve distracted driving. Anytime a motorist takes their hands or eyes away from the steering wheel, they are putting themselves and all others on the road at great risk.
The NHTSA also reports that 1,564 people have lost their lives in school transportation-related accidents since 1998, with an average of about 142 deaths per year. Of the fatalities, about 8 percent were occupants of school transportation vehicles. Approximately 72 percent were occupants in other vehicles involved in the accidents, and nonoccupants such as pedestrians and bicyclists accounted for about 20 percent of the deaths. While school bus accidents are rare, their massive size and the lack of safety restraints can play a role in the severe or fatal injuries that occupants suffer as a result.
Anyone who has been injured in a bus accident caused by another motorist’s negligence may be able to receive compensation for hospital bills, ongoing medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. If you have been injured in a bus accident, contact the Pennsylvania bus accident lawyers at Anapol Weiss to learn how we can help. We can help you understand our legal rights and help you conclude the best possible option for your specific case. Call our skilled attorneys today at 866-735-2792.