Four students have received hospital treatment after their school bus was involved in an accident with a pickup truck near Wilmington, North Carolina (NC).
The school bus injury accident took place at the intersection of Gordon Road and Market Street on Friday afternoon, WECT6 reported. The pickup truck driver was trying to turn left onto Market Street from a parking lot at a bank when he hit the school bus full of students from Blair Elementary.
Fortunately in this case, the students' injuries were not serious. The pickup truck driver was also treated for non life threatening injuries. He was later charged with failure to yield.
We recently reported on how police in Wilmington are cracking down on school bus law violators. Some drivers told police they are not aware that it's mandatory for vehicles to stop behind a school bus when its emergency flashers are on and stop arm is activated.
There's no suggestion the school bus laws were violated in Friday's incident, but in some cases these laws have been flouted with serious and even tragic consequences.
I wrote an article in 2009 about a young girl who was fatally struck by a passing SUV while she was attempting to exit a school bus in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Our experienced Virginia (VA)/North Carolina (NC) personal injury attorneys see far too many accidents involving school buses. Many of them are more serious that Friday's wreck in Wilmington, North Carolina (NC).
In March eight children and one adult suffered injuries in a school bus crash in Suffolk, Virginia (VA), when a van apparently crossed a center line. Reports suggested the at-fault driver fell asleep at the wheel. In other cases, our VA-NC lawyers have reported how school bus drivers can be at fault, such as in a 2009 accident when a Suffolk, Virginia. school bus slammed into the back of another vehicle. A student who suffered neck injuries, received an undisclosed settlement from the Suffolk school board.