Articles Posted in Bus Accident

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed a new regulation that would require structural changes in motorcoach and large passenger bus design to help keep passengers better protected in rollover accidents.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox. “I want passengers to know that when this Department sees opportunities to make their travel safer … we are going to do just that and we believe this proposal is a step in that direction.”

The proposed standard is closely modeled after current European regulations for large buses. The NHTSA proposed standard would:

  • Require that there is space around seating positions following a crash test;
  • Require that overhead luggage racks, seats and window glazing stay attached and intact after a crash test, and;
  • Require that emergency exits remain operable after a rollover test.

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Two people in an SUV and eleven people aboard a Jacksonville Transit Authority (JTA) bus were injured after the bus swerved and struck the SUV and then a pole on St. Augustine Road. According to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, of the 13 people transported to the hospital after the accident, most complained of back and neck injuries.

The bus accident in Jacksonville is still under investigation and authorities still aren’t certain what happened. One witness told News 4 in Jacksonville that it appeared the bus driver may have had a seizure or some other medical problem before losing control of the bus and rear-ending the SUV.

“The bus driver was swerving a little bit, like there was something wrong with him,” the witness stated. “He just didn’t look right when we pulled up.”

The bus driver was among those hospitalized. There is no word of the extent of the injuries to the victims, but by most accounts, the injuries were all non-life-threatening.
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Fortunately, the school bus driver was the only person onboard a Deerfield Beach Elementary School bus when it crashed into a home on Northeast 7th Avenue off Hillsboro Boulevard. The woman at home was watching morning television news when the bus hit her house at about 8 a.m. on Wednesday, November 2. The 64-year-old bus driver of Tamarac said he lost the brakes on the bus and panicked as he ran through a parking lot, a concrete wall, then into the cement block home, damaging it extensively.

The woman inside the home was not injured and fortunately the bus driver had just dropped student off at school. He will be on administrative leave with pay and cited for careless driving, though it is unclear in this story from The Sun-Sentinel why, if there were defective brakes on the yellow school bus, he should be punished. A witness said the driver did not seem aware that the crash had happened.
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The newspaper USAToday is chastising the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for undercounting the number of fatalities aboard the nation’s motor coaches therefore avoiding initiating tougher regulations. Between 1995 and 2009 at least 84 deaths of bus riders or drivers were not counted, found investigators for the newspaper who searched through government records and news reports.

With NHTSA reporting 133 motor coach fatalities between 2003 and 2009, the newspaper found an additional 32 deaths that weren’t counted and 42 deaths missing from the number of bus crashes between 2000 and 2009.
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It was a frightening trip to school on Tuesday morning, April 19, for some Jacksonville elementary school children after their bus T-boned a motorist who had run a red light. The Florida Times-Union reported that five out of 23 children on the bus were taken to Baptist Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries after the 7:50 a.m. collision.

The bus was heading to Love Grove Elementary School when the crash occurred at the intersection of University Boulevard and Coronet Lane on the Southside. According to Jacksonville police, the driver of a Mercury car pulled into the intersection and was hit by the school bus, causing the car to rotate and hit a truck before coming to a rest. The bus driver also hurt her leg but declined a trip to the hospital.
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Fortunately, there were no school children on a school bus during an early morning accident in Pinellas County, Wednesday, September 1, according to WTSP. The crash happened about 6 a.m. when a pickup truck was turning off 130th Street onto Ulmerton Road attempting to go east. He crossed westbound traffic, which included the school bus.

The bus hit the front passenger side of the pickup. Two people were inside. The driver died and the passenger was taken to Bayfront Hospital. There is no word on his or her condition or whether they were wearing seat belts. All lanes were closed for some time. The bus driver was taken away on a stretcher. There is no word on his condition at this time. Our condolences go out to the friends and family of the man driving the pickup truck.
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The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has completed an investigation into the February fatal Florida tour bus crash that killed five and injured almost every elderly passenger onboard. According to a Highlands Today article, the woman who turned left in front of the bus will not be charged. Betty Adams, 81, of Lake Placid, Florida, was issued a civil infraction for improper lane change, according to the FHP.

Adams was trying to turn left onto U.S. 27 when she hit the Sunburst tour bus. Twenty-nine senior citizens were onboard, along with three others, when the bus overturned, throwing several passengers out of the windows. The bus driver was found to have a clean driving record and was not at fault for the accident. The FHP report says that Adams failed to see the approaching bus before she turned, putting her right in the path of the oncoming bus. Adams was not injured in the crash. The criminal infraction will require her to make a court appearance.

Elderly Drivers in Florida
According to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles and Highway Safety, motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of injury-related death among 65 to 74-year-olds, and the second leading cause of death among 75 to 84-year olds.

It is not just aging that affects driving. The side effects of medication, degenerative diseases, a compromised vision, hearing, mobility, reaction time, and cognitive function can all be affected as one ages.
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It happened Friday morning. A school bus pulling onto Beach Boulevard at Desalvo Road was struck from behind by a Ford Explorer SUV. Two students received minor injuries and the driver of the SUV reported injuries, news4jax.com reports. According to the bus driver, the SUV ran a red light and hit the rear of the bus that was loaded with students from Windy Hill Elementary School about 8: 30 a.m. One child was taken to a nearby hospital by Jacksonville Fire-Rescue and another was taken by the child’s parents. The bus driver was reported to be calm at the scene and talking to all of the kids.

We wish a speedy recovery to all of the children onboard the bus and wishes that they never have to go through another accident on a bus again.
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A Clewiston, Florida man faces 12 counts of DUI and causing bodily injury as well as possession of marijuana after the car he was driving hit a Palm Tran bus carrying 13 people. The Naples News reports that the 41-year old man was arrested on January 20, 2010 when his car ran a stop sign, slamming into the bus. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says the deputy at the scene reported smelling alcohol coming from the man’s car and that the man’s demeanor indicated he was under the influence. According to the deputy, a search of the man’s car uncovered a small bag of marijuana. The bus driver and passengers as well as a passenger in his car were taken to a nearby hospital with injuries.

Our prayers for a speedy recovery go out to all injured in this accident.

Alcohol-Related Accidents in Florida
The Florida Highway Patrol reports that state and local law enforcement agencies in Florida issued almost 65,000 DUI violations in 2008. While alcohol-related fatalities in 2008 were down from 2007 by 6%, 39.5% of all traffic fatalities involved alcohol, the highest it’s been in years. While no one was killed in this accident, one man is accused of driving under the influence and causing the injury of 14 people.
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With a population of 10,804 as of July 2007, Palatka, Florida is home to slightly more than 2,400 families. Palatka is just about 7 square miles in size, and has a population density of 1,553 people per square mile. A little less than 80% of Palatka residents commute outside of the city limits for work, making roads and highways particularly busy on any given work day.

Public transportation is an important part of any city. For those individuals that do not have their own personal mode of transportation, Palatka buses can mean the difference between getting to work and holding down a job, and not being able to commute anywhere out of walking distance. However, Palatka buses are not always safe, either through the fault of other motorists or Palatka bus drivers themselves. For those individuals that are injured in Palatka bus accidents, it is important to remember that sound legal advice from an experienced Palatka bus accident attorney is essential in seeking compensatory damages from negligent parties responsible for your accident.
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