A near collision has landed 10 students in the hospital with a variety of head and neck injuries. As reported by NBC 7, the close call happened near the 14800 block of Olde Highway 80 just east of Lake Jennings Parkway.
A Rios Canyon Elementary School bus carrying almost 50 students was forced to make a hard stop as a car cut across its path. Fortunately, the bus driver was able to make the stop and avoid a serious school bus accident. But, the stop sent many children flying out of the seats. One 9-year-old girl was quoted as saying, “My neck right here hit the seat really hard.”
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) faults the driver for the incident. Because they fled the scene, the driver could be considered a hit-and-run driver despite the fact that there was no impact.
However, many parents and officials have raised the age-old argument of concerning the lack of seatbelts on large school buses. The mother of the injured 9-year old voiced her concern, stating, “She hit her neck on the chair in front of her that could have caused some kind of damage, and a seat belt would have prevented that.” Yet, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) insists that school buses that operate without seatbelts are still safe.
Bus accidents can be a traumatic experience for any child. If you or a loved one has been injured in a school bus accident contact the Jurewitz Law Group today and schedule a free consultation to review your legal rights. We can be reached at (888) 233-5020.
Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.
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