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Car-Bus Crash Leaves Southwest Missouri Students with Minor Injuries

By John Page on November 14, 2012 - Comments off

An accident between a school bus and a car in southwest Missouri left several students with minor injuries and required hospital attention for the drivers of both vehicles, according to an article in St. Louis Today.

The Missouri school bus collision between the car and the bus caused moderate injuries to both the bus’s driver and the driver of the car, according to Springfield, Missouri police officers. Both were transported to local hospitals for treatment, and both are expected to recover from their injuries.

The fifty students on the bus, third-graders at Marshfield Elementary School in Springfield, included several who were also taken to local emergency rooms for treatment. Several of them suffered minor injuries, which were treated before the students were released to their parents. The school district arranged for another bus to transport the remaining students back to the school, cutting short their planned visit to the Discovery Center.

Bus accidents are less common in Missouri than collisions between two cars, and accidents involving school buses are even less common. However, when a car collides with a school bus, serious injuries can occur both to those on the bus and those in the car. In a serious crash, some of these injuries may even be fatal.

Car accidents don’t always injure those in other cars. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and occupants of vehicles like buses may also suffer injury when a crash occurs. If you’ve been injured in an auto accident of any kind, the Missouri auto accident attorneys at Page Law are on your side. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free, confidential consultation.

 

Missouri Highway Patrol Report Indicates that Most Missouri School Buses are Safe

By John Page on June 17, 2011 - Comments off

The Missouri Highway Patrol recently disclosed the results of their annual school bus inspections, according to connectmidmissouri.com. Results of the inspections were positive on the whole, with 89% vehicles passing the tests. Of those that failed the inspections, most of the failures were marked down to as minor deficiencies that could be repaired.

The Missouri Highway Patrol was quick to add that most of the dangers of riding school buses are not problems with the buses, but other motorists once the children disembark the buses.

This is why the law in Missouri requires motorists to stop whenever a school bus stops to let children out. The law states that, whenever a school bus puts out its stop sign to signal it is letting children out, other cars must stop before they reach the bus and wait until the stop sign is retracted or the bus driver signals to them that they may proceed. Failure to abide by this law can result in steep fines.

Has your child been injured in a crash while they were riding on a school bus? Page Law’s St. Louis bus crash attorneys are here to help you get the help you need. Call 314-322-8515 today to talk to them for free.

 

St. Louis Personal Injuries Lawyer: Child Injured in School Bus Crash

By John Page on March 3, 2011 - Comments off

According to careers.gov, exceptional driving skills and the ability to remain calm under pressure are essential skills for a bus driver.

Evidently, the driver responsible for the crash that injured a junior high school student this week lacked both these essential qualities. You see, the concept of a car “accident” is false. Everyone who drives knows the rules of the road. When a there is a collision, it happens because one driver made a decision to disobey or disregard the rules. In no circumstance is this more unforgivable than when the driver in question is a professional driver, like a school bus driver.

On the day of the accident, the school bus was traveling on Farm Road 239 near Fair Grove, Missouri. The driver has admitted that he was distracted by a student on the bus. Because the driver’s attention was on the student instead of the road, he failed to make a right-angle turn and drove the bus into a ditch. Before the bus came to a complete stop, it struck a cedar tree.

Though the crash sounds fairly severe, there was only minor damage to the bus, and only one child was injured. This child, a 13-year-old from Strafford, was taken to Springfield, MO for hospital treatment for back injuries.

If a Missouri driver’s carelessness has injured you or your child, call an experienced accident attorney at Page Law, LLC today. When you have been injured you deserve individual attention and a personal injury law firm that will share the hassle of dealing with the insurance companies. Call 314-241-2273 today for a free consultation of your case.

 

St. Joseph High School Student Killed in Missouri Bus Accident

By John Page on November 19, 2010 - Comments off

Tragically, a Kansas City high school student was struck and killed by a school bus this week, according to The Kansas City Star.

The 16-year-old high school junior was walking crossing the street at 7:30 a.m. when the school bus, which was turning, struck him. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died. Police are currently investigating the Missouri bus accident. The bus driver had been working for the bus company since 2008, and has been suspended until the police investigation is complete.

This tragic type of bus accident occurs thousands of times each year across the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 4,300 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2008, and another 69,000 were injured. This amounts to an average of one pedestrian death every two hours, and a pedestrian injury every eight minutes.

In order to be safe while you are out walking, follow these tips from the CDC. First, be careful at intersections. If you’re walking at night, carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing. Make sure you cross the street only at a crosswalk. If you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic.

With distracted drivers becoming an epidemic in our country, pedestrian accidents are on the rise. If you have been injured in a Missouri bus accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, any damage to your property, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. To learn more about your legal rights, call the St. Louis bus accident attorneys at Page Law, LLC at 314-488-2433 for a free consultation on your Missouri bus crash case.

 

School Bus Collision Near St. Louis Kills One Student and Pickup Driver, Injures Dozens More

By John Page on August 5, 2010 - Comments off

A St. James, Missouri high school student has been killed in a school bus accident that occurred on August 5, 2010 around 10:30 a.m. near St. Louis.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Missouri school bus accident involved a tractor trailer cab, a pickup truck, and a second school bus transporting other high school band members. While an investigation into the cause of this bus crash is still pending, some events leading up to the collision have been released.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that traffic slowing for a construction zone led to the pickup truck striking the back of the tractor trailer cab. One of the school buses then slammed into the back of the pickup and was rear-ended by the other school bus.

The driver of the pickup truck was killed and dozens of students were injured, but none critically.

Bus accidents, while infrequent, can have life-altering consequences for those involved. The Missouri Department of Transportation notes that school bus crashes comprised 0.7% of all traffic accidents during 2006 and 2008. Since many school buses do not contain airbags or seat belts, children are prone to severe injury or even death when school bus accidents occur.

If a school bus accident is found to have been caused by school bus driver negligence, another driver’s recklessness, or defective or improperly maintained school bus parts, injury victims and family members of wrongful death victims may be able to hold negligent parties legally responsible.

At Page Law, our skilled Missouri school bus crash attorneys understand that a bus accident can impose many financial, emotional, and physical challenges that can take months, if not years, to overcome. Contact our firm today by calling 314-322-8515 for a free consultation and to learn more about your legal rights.

 

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