School bus accidents in WV

From 2004 to 2013, U.S. drivers were involved in 340,039 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Of those, 1,214, were classified as “school-transportation-related,” involving a school bus or other vehicle functioning as a school bus that was transporting children to or from school or related activities, such as sports or field trips.

On average, NHTSA reported, about 134 people die in school-vehicle-related crashes each year.  8% are riding in the buses. Pedestrians, bicyclists and others outside the bus account for 21% of fatalities.  Since 2004, NHTSA found, 106 people overall, both children and adults, have been killed while riding in or driving a school bus. Of the 106 people killed,  61 were passengers and 45 were drivers.

The attorneys at Preston & Salango have handled numerous cases involving school bus accidents.  In 2006, we represented nearly  a dozen children who were injured when an Asplundh tree trimming truck slammed head-on into a school bus traveling from Tug Valley High School to the Mingo County Career and Technical College in Delbarton.  The case was settled out of court shortly before trial.  As the WV Record reported:

What Are the Common Causes of School Bus Accidents?

In many circumstances, school bus accidents are caused due to negligence and failure to adhere to traffic regulations by the school bus driver. Other times, the fault lies within the driver of the other vehicle. However, other common causes of school bus accident include:

  • Ignoring road rules
  • Drunk driving
  • Mechanically challenged buses
  • Violating speed limits
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving in poor weather
  • Bad decisions
  • Defective brakes

On the other hand, the institution employing the school bus and driver is responsible for any school bus-related accidents. An astute school district will entrust their students’ safety to competent and reliable bus drivers who hold appropriate certifications and good moral conduct.

What Are the Common Injuries Associated With School Bus Accidents?

Your child’s injuries can vary depending on the severity of the accident. However, some of the common injuries associated with school bus accident include:

  • Internal injury
  • Head injury
  • Bruising
  • Cuts
  • Burns
  • Back and spinal injury
  • Head trauma or concussions

Mingo bus crash case settled out of court

WV Record

By Cara Bailey  June 14, 2007

WILLIAMSON – A multi-million dollar lawsuit between the driver of a tree-trimming truck and students on a Mingo County school bus the truck collided with has been settled out of court.

The settlement was announced Tuesday, with the terms staying confidential. The civil lawsuit had sought $10 million dollars against the driver, Bruce Wayne Collins.

Collins was allegedly high on cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs April 4, 2006, when the Asplundh Tree Expert Co. truck he was driving crossed the center line and collided with the bus near Lenore.

The bus was heading from Tug Valley High School to the Mingo County Career and Technical College in Delbarton.

A total of 18 people were injured. The bus driver, William K. “Buddy” Hall, had to be cut from the wreckage.

“We’re pleased that the victims were fully and fairly compensated,” attorney Ben Salango told the Charleston Gazette. “We’re also pleased that Asplundh and their driver admitted responsibility for the crash.”

If you or a loved one has been injured in a school bus accident, contact Preston & Salango at 304-342-0512.

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