It happened Wednesday afternoon, after school, says a report. A 16-year-old driver of a pickup truck failed to stop at an intersection and rear-ended a school bus. It happened on state Road 121 in Raiford, Florida. Four students on the bus were taken to Lake Butler Hospital. They were not serious injured thankfully. The pickup driver went to Shands Medical Center in Gainesville.
Union county sheriff’s office responded to the scene of the Florida bus accident. There is no word on whether any charges will be filed. The remainder of the students were picked up by their worried parents at the scene of the crash. The others were loaded onto another bus and taken home.
Ironically this accident happens at a time when the Florida Highway Patrol is promoting “Takethewheel.net“, a site to promote safe teen driving. Every 55 seconds a teenager is injured in a car crash, according to statistics. And every 6.5 minutes a teen is killed in an auto crash – still the no. one killer of teenagers.
Take The Wheel has videos that relate to teen drivers where teens talk about accidents they’ve been involved in and the loved ones they’ve seen die.
School buses are still considered one of the safest modes of transportation. Remember that as a driver, you are required to stop when you see a school bus stopping or preparing to stop. And you must always stop if you are moving in the same direction as the stopped bus. The only exception is if you are moving in the opposite direction and there is a divided highway separated by a raised barrier or an unpaved medial at least five feet wide.
You are to remain stopped until the bus stop signal is withdrawn. Always be on the lookout for kids around school bus loading and unloading areas. Sometimes kids hold back only to dart out at the last minute.
At Farah & Farah, our Jacksonville school bus accident attorneys understand the consequences of bus accidents and their overwhelming cost. We draw on over 25 years of experience in personal injury representation – our office has what it takes to investigate your claim, gather evidence, and bring negligent parties to justice. Call today for a free consultation at 1-800-533-3555.