Three school buses collided in a low-speed crash in Maryland’s Prince George’s County, according to a report from The Washington Post. The multi bus accident in Maryland occurred on the afternoon of March 19 in Upper Marlboro. A spokesman for the county fire department says a total of 75 students from Frederick Douglass High School were on board the school buses when the collision occurred. The three school buses were approaching a stop sign when the third bus failed to stop, setting off a chain reaction in which the third bus hit the second, and the second proceeded to hit the first.
The spokesman reports that 34 students were transported to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The exact cause of the chain-reaction crash, specifically why the third bus driver did not stop, is still under investigation.
School buses are the most popular form of mass transit in the U.S., providing 9 million student trips annually. An estimated half a million school buses transport 24 million students to and from school or school-related activities every school day. As millions of children and teens rely on school buses for transportation, ensuring the safety of school bus riders is extremely important. According to statistics, 1,450 people have died since 1990 in school bus-related crashes, with nine percent of fatalities involving school bus passengers; overall, this translates to 27 school-age children dying every year.
As a great number of parents depend on school buses to safely take their children to and from school, school bus safety is of the utmost importance. However, when a school bus driver is negligent or the large vehicle is improperly maintained, dangerous accidents can occur as a result. If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, a Bowie personal injury lawyer of Alpert Schreyer will work to make sure any responsible parties are held accountable. To see how our law team can assist you, call (800) 489-1577.