A 7-year-old boy has been airlifted to Harborview Medical center in Seattle after he was struck by a school bus on Thursday afternoon around 4:44pm. According to KOMO-TV, the boy was critically injured.
According to the scanty report, the boy had just gotten off the school bus and was crossing the street in front of the bus when he was struck. The report said that they believe driver inattention was the cause of the accident. The bus driver was described as a 56-year-old Ferndale man.
A thorough investigation will be conducted.
School Bus Accidents
School bus drivers are essential components of our public education system . The safety of the students on and off the bus are of the utmost importance. Mile for mile, school buses are the among the safest modes of transportation. It is extremely unfortunate when an accident does occur and research shows that more students are killed in accidents outside of the bus that in accidents on the bus.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are an average of 142 fatal school bus transportation accidents a year. Of those killed, 72% were occupants of other vehicles involved in the accident, 20% involved pedestrians or bicyclists and 8% involved occupants of the school bus.
One of the more common school bus accidents involving pedestrians is other vehicles striking a child as they disembark the school bus or attempt to cross in front of the bus. Some drivers do not heed a bus’ flashing lights and stop sign and they continue on the roadway. Many school districts have worked to eliminate bus stops requiring students to cross streets, roadway, highways or other roads.
Other accidents occur when a bus strikes a child in front of the bus as in this case. It is often caused by the bus driver not being able to see the child walking in front of the bus or failing to check exterior mirrors. Some school districts have installed crossing control arms mounted on the front of all school buses which forces students to walk at least five feet in front of the bus when extended, allowing for them to be seen by the bus driver.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in bus accidents and the family of those killed. With more than 40 years of injury law experience, we work hard to protect the rights of our clients.