On the Friday before their Christmas vacation, three minors were struck by a vehicle while boarding a stopped bus. The incident is a sobering reminder of the importance of stopping whenever the school bus has its stop arm out and red lights flashing.
In Transylvania County, the school bus was stopped in a straightaway to pick up some students at the designated bus stop. The stop signs were out and red lights were flashing. Suddenly, a car entered the straightaway and struck three children. Two siblings, a 15-year-old and 10-year-old, were airlifted to Mission hospital. The third child was transported to Transylvania Regional Hospital.
Police determined that the elderly driver of the vehicle was at fault and is facing a felony charge.
Unfortunately, accidents and near-accidents involving school buses are quite common. School bus drivers in North Carolina reported 3,153 incidents in which stopped buses were passed illegally during a survey conducted on a single day. We implore all North Carolina drivers to remember to look for stop arms and flashing red lights and understand you have to stop – it’s the law.
For additional information, our firm has a free PDF guide on what to do if your child gets hurt in an accident. We do whatever we can to help parents understand their legal right when contemplating whether to file a claim on behalf of their injured child.