A school bus crash in Colorado has “sparked a debate about whether school buses should be fitted with three-point seatbelts” as this accident comes just a few months after the deadly one that occurred in New Jersey [Source: News Week]. According to the news outlet, the school bus had been carrying teens from Greeley Central High School and Northridge High School on July 12th in the afternoon when it crashed near the intersection of County Roads 49 and 24. There were more than 30 students on board the bus at the time of the accident.
The bus had been headed back from a trip to Elitch Gardens in Denver when it was struck by a truck that had drifted out of the southbound lane it was traveling in and into the northbound lanes where the bus was driving. The truck driver allegedly fell asleep at the wheel. After the bus was hit, it rolled 1 ¼ times according to the Colorado State Police. Although there were no reported deaths, the collision did result in several sustaining injuries which ranged from minor to serious.
The source stated that the bus driver was transported away from the accident scene with serious injuries and several teens had to be taken to various hospitals to receive treatment. A man who was working nearby to the accident scene who witnessed the crash transpire said: “I’d say I saw about 10 on stretchers, 20 were walking but a lot of them were holding arms and limping and all that.”
As mentioned, this accident has now brought up the topic of having three-point safety belts installed in school buses. As of right now, the only states that require these seat belts are California and Nevada, but with more and more school bus crashes occurring, perhaps it would be wise for other states to consider having seat belts installed in their current school buses to help promote passenger safety. A fifth grader commented on the idea and his/her response was “You can’t put a price on life.”
The fact is, you can’t put a price on a life and while seat belt installations may be costly to school districts nationwide, they will likely reduce the chances of a child sustaining a serious injury in the event their school bus is involved in a collision. Aside from that, it may also help reduce the costs these school districts are incurring for vehicle repairs and injuries the passengers sustained in these accidents. Because some bus accidents result in life-threatening injuries and even deaths, sometimes the surviving family will file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the school district which again, forces them to spend in legal fees as well as if a settlement is reached.
Despite the fact that seat belt installations may be expensive, they may actually help the district save money in the long run as the accidents may not be as severe as the students would be restrained and less likely to get seriously injured.
Now, if your child has been involved in a tragic bus crash in the Denver area and you are looking to recover compensation for the medical expenses you have incurred, contact USAttorneys.com and let us connect you with a local bus accident attorney in Denver, CO who can help you with this and ensure you are properly compensated.