Three children and the at-fault driver of the car involved suffered injuries requiring hospital treatment in a rear-end collision near the intersection of Mauney Road and Lafayette Lane in Gaston County, North Carolina (NC). The rear-end collision with an East Gaston High School bus outside of the town of Stanley on the morning of March 12, 2015, injured two teens aboard the bus and a young child in the car.
The man behind the wheel of the car now faces charges of failing to stop for a school bus and careless and reckless driving, An analysis of the state's reckless driving statute on the University of North Carolina School of Government website explains that bringing such a charge requires a determination that a person has operated a motor vehicle "heedlessly in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others or without due caution and circumspection and at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property." This suggests the man who slammed into the back of the school bus had been going too fast to stop in time, impaired in some way that left him incapable of acting safely or deliberately not paying attention to traffic conditions.
Regardless of the reason for the reckless action, the result was that the driver and three young people suffered injuries in a crash that likely could have been prevented had the man exercised more care, exerted more attention and acted more cautiously. Buses are hard to miss, both in terms of seeing and hitting. All drivers must make the effort to spot buses and, then, take all necessary efforts to avoid colliding with them.