At least three children were injured in a Hinds County school bus crash earlier this week. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened in Learned, Mississippi on Adams Station Road near Bush Road. For currently unknown reasons, the bus crashed when it was taking students to Carver Middle School and Raymond High School. Very few details have been released about the crash. At this time, we still don't know what caused the crash or if there were other vehicles involved.
Three Students Injured in Mississippi Bus Crash
A press released indicated at one child was taken to the hospital by ambulance and two other injured students were released to their parents after the crash. There's no word on the extent of injuries involved, although initial reports indicate that they were considered 'minor.'
School Bus Safety in Jackson
While school buses are designed to safely transport children from home to school and back again, they're not totally without risk. Distracted drivers and even careless bus drivers can put child occupants at risk for injury or death. It may or may not be surprising to parents that the most dangerous part of taking the bus to and from school isn't actually riding on the bus. It's getting on and off of the bus. Getting hit or run over by a bus or another car is the greatest risk to children who take the bus.
The Danger Zone
The 10-foot zone all around the bus is considered the "Danger Zone." Bus drivers may have limited visibility when children are in this area. This is also the area where other motorists might hit children, as they're getting ready to get on the bus. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers parents and their children a variety of great tips for improving safety when getting on, getting off and riding the bus to school.
After a School Bus Accident
After any kind of automobile or school bus accident, it's a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Even seemingly minor accidents can result in traumatic brain injuries and other types of injuries. A medical evaluation and treatment of injuries needs to be your first step after a school bus accident.
The whole team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC wishes the students full and speedy recoveries from their injuries.