Over 1.5 million children are transported by school buses in Texas, making them a common sight in most cities across the state. Though numerous school buses travel our roads, many drivers lack an understanding of the regulations designed to keep young students safe, including laws that apply to them as motorists. This leads not only to a number of citations issued by Texas law enforcement agencies but also, in the most tragic of cases, preventable accidents.
One such accident which recently occurred in Indiana is prompting state officials to remind Texas drivers about critical school bus safety laws. That tragedy occurred when a 24-year-old woman struck and killed three children, including 2 6-year-old twins and their 9-year-old sister. The driver has attempted to pass the school bus while it was stopped and has since been charged in criminal court for her failure to stop.
While the crash is such a profound tragedy for all involved, it is highlighting the substantial risks students face whenever they are around school buses, as well as, the need to ensure all motorists know and understand the law when near school buses.
In Texas, school bus safety laws that apply to motorists include:
In conjunction with reminders to the public, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) recently participated in National School Bus Safety Week. During the fourth week of October, troopers increased their focus on enforcing school bus safety laws by following school buses and citing drivers who failed to stop. They also focused on other violations and negligent acts which increase risks of accidents involving children and others nearby, including:
Drivers have a legal obligation to safely operate their vehicles and to comply with various traffic and safety laws designed to keep others safe. Because children are most vulnerable to accidents, as well as serious if not fatal injuries, when entering and exiting buses, we remind all motorists to exercise appropriate caution and obey the law whenever they are near school buses, school zones, or children.
While motorists have a legal duty to drive safely and obey the law, the unfortunate reality is that many do not. When driver’s breach their duty of care and cause preventable accidents as a result, any victims they harm have a right to seek justice and a financial recovery of their resulting damages – which can include any medical bills they incurred, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional injuries, and more.
Examples of auto accident cases involving negligence handled by our firm include:
At The Daspit Law Firm, our award-winning legal team is passionate about helping victims and their loved ones protect their right to justice following wrecks and injuries that could and should have been avoided. By drawing from decades of combined experience, our attorneys work to obtain the evidence needed to prove fault and liability and help clients fight for the maximum compensation possible.
If you would like to more about your right to compensation in relation to a potential accident anywhere in Houston or the state of Texas, contact us for a free and confidential consultation.
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