In the last 3 days, there have been 5 different accidents at a bus stop. In Tampa, 7 people were taken to the hospital when a driver hit 5 children and 2 adults waiting at a school bus stop. In Tallahassee, a 19-year old hit a child crossing the road to get on the school bus. In Pennsylvania, a 7-year old boy was killed at a school bus stop by a hit-and-run driver. In Mississippi, a 9 year old was struck while crossing the street to get on the school bus. And most deadly, in Indiana, a driver killed three siblings, two twins (age 6) and their older sister (age 9), crossing the road to get on their school bus.
As distracted driving has increased all over the country, pedestrians are in more danger of being struck by distracted drivers. In all of the above bus stop accidents, the children were either standing on the side of the street waiting for the school bus or crossing the road after the school bus stopped and put down its crossing arm. Due to the speed of the driver, bus stop injuries are often severe or lead to death.
Georgia was one of the first states to adopt school bus camera laws. In most metro counties in Georgia, school buses are equipped with cameras. Cobb County was the first in 2011 followed by Gwinnett County in 2015, Fulton County in 2016, and Clayton County and Atlanta Public Schools followed after. In 2015, Gwinnett County gave out 22,022 bus stop citations with over $4 million in fines. Although the citations have declined since it takes just one distracted driver to cause a deadly crash at a school bus stop.
If your child or a loved one has been involved in a serious or deadly bus stop accident, please contact the attorneys at Hong & Sessions Law, LLC at 678-691-3305 to get the representation that you deserve.