On November 21, 2016, another bus full of school children was involved in an accident that left many of the young passengers either dead or severely injured. This accident, which occurred in Chattanooga, Tennessee has saddened the nation. While the cause of the crash is thought to be excessive speed on the part of the driver, another contributing factor to the number of deaths and injuries is the fact that school buses such as the one involved in this crash are not required to have seatbelts. Seatbelts would have prevented some children from being flung around the bus when it rolled over.
Mark Rosekind, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), says that every school bus should be equipped with three-point seat belts like the ones in your car that go across the shoulder and waist because “we know that seat belts will save lives if we put one for every kid on every school bus.” In spite of the obvious risks associated with the lack of such restraints, there is no such federal requirement and only six states require seat belts on school buses. Arizona is not one of those states. Studies have shown that the number of children who die nationally each year in school bus crashes would be cut in half if the buses were equipped with seatbelts. The main reason that states and the federal government have not yet required seatbelts is the cost of retrofitting school buses plus the manufacturers of school buses have declined to make them standard on new buses.
In Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Mesa in 2016, there have been more than five different school bus crashes, with some serious injuries. If you or your child was injured because of a school bus or Valley Metro bus crash call us for a free case evaluation so that we can get you the compensation you deserve.
Author: Serena C. Montague
Publication Date: December 7, 2016