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NHTSA Releases School Bus Accident Data
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just released new data about school bus accidents. The data shows that an average of 12 children are killed every year in accidents involving pedestrian schoolchildren. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also says that an average of 6 children per year are killed in accidents that involve school buses.
The release of the data is especially important to California bus accident lawyers because it comes during a year in which there have already been several school bus-transportation related accidents. One of those accidents occurred earlier this year in Nebraska, when an 18-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl in a school bus were killed in an accident involving their bus and a semi trailer.
In Texas, an 11-year-old child was killed recently when she was struck by a truck, as she was standing at the bus stop waiting for the bus. The truck driver in that accident claimed that he did not see the child standing at the bus stop. Another accident involved a 7-year-old girl, who was struck and killed by a school bus in a rural area.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that there were approximately 123 fatalities involving children below the age of 19 during the period between 2001 and 2010. Out of these, approximately 69% were hit and killed by school buses, approximately 26% were killed by other vehicles that were involved in accidents with school buses, and 5% were killed in vehicles that were being used as school buses.
Overall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 1,360 fatalities occurred in school transportation-related accidents. Out of these 72% were the occupants of the other vehicle involved in the accident, and 7% of the fatalities were the occupants of the school bus.
Schoolchildren may have a much higher chance of being injured in a school transportation-related accident during the afternoon hours. The hours between 3 PM and 3:59 PM, were found to be the most dangerous time of the day for schoolchildren.
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