Video Capturers Frightening Moments As Big-Rig Loses Control and Crashes into School Bus
A quick-thinking school bus driver averted tragedy last week as an 18-wheeler headed in the opposite direction on a two-lane road lost control, and its box began to fishtail. Video on board the school bus captured the scary moments as the large truck came hurtling toward the vulnerable school bus. Intelligently, the school bus driver brought the bus to an immediate stop instead of instinctually steering the bus in a desperate attempt to avoid the collision. However, the collision was unavoidable, and the driver braced for impact. Thankfully, the driver and her busload of special needs students were wearing seatbelts. Neither the bus driver nor the school children suffered an injury.
The Georgia school bus accident lawyers at Montlick & Associates fight hard for you and your children to protect them from harm. Parents place their children’s lives in the hands of their school department and bus companies every day. They also trust that the school bus company employs competent, trustworthy, and responsible drivers who understand the precious lives they hold in their hands. Every driver should be as calm and skilled as the school bus driver involved in the big rig crash. Some are not as skilled or conscientious as this driver, although many are. Montlick & Associates’ Atlanta school bus accident lawyers aggressively pursue damages for our clients and their children so that justice will be done for your family.
The Greenville County school bus driver reacted as we hope we all do in an emergency. She knew that a collision with the out-of-control truck was imminent. Survival instinct might have taken over and impelled the driver to try to avoid a crash by aiming at the rear of the sliding box of the semi. Instead, she stopped the bus and braced for impact. The bus absorbed the collision with the tipping box as the tractor slid by, narrowly missing the front of the school bus.
Immediately after the collision, the driver continued to keep the situation under control. She called for an emergency response. Live electrical wires crashed to the road and encircled the bus. The driver communicated that information to the dispatch center, whom she told she could not move the bus because of the live wires. She also requested fire and ambulance response as well.
The driver’s cool demeanor turned toward the safety of the children on board and bravely distracted the children until help arrived. When one child began to get upset, she brought all four of the children to the front of the bus and occupied them until they could be taken home safely.
Thankfully, this story has a happy ending. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 131 people die in school bus accidents every year. However, only a small percentage of those people killed were occupants of the school bus. Statistics indicate that a person involved in a school bus wreck who is killed is more likely to be a pedestrian or an occupant of another vehicle. Notwithstanding, school bus companies, and school districts must do whatever they can to ensure the safety of our children.
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