1 adult and 13 children were sent to local hospitals this morning after a school bus carrying 33 children to McDonough Day Camp collided with a Cadillac at Windsor Mill Road and Mayfield Avenue in Baltimore, Maryland.
The adult—a woman—was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for observation. Four of the children were taken to North West Hospital. Nine children were brought to Sinai Hospital. All of the injuries are reportedly not fatal.
2002 statistic from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: 19,000 people were injured in bus accidents. 9,000 school bus-related injuries were reported in 2000. 16 of these injuries resulted in deaths.
Also, in 2002, the NHTSA says that “On average, over the past 11 years, school buses have been involved in over 26,000 crashes, resulting in less than 1,000 incapacitating injuries and slightly more than 7,000 non-incapacitating injuries and possible injuries to passengers.”
If a person is injured in a school bus crash because the bus driver, the bus company, another driver, or another party was negligent, the injured victim may be able to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the negligent party. Causes of school bus accidents can include driver negligence, a defective vehicle, improper maintenance, DUI, and inadequate safety.
Accidents involving school buses can be more complicated then injury accidents involving only cars or motorcycles, which is why it is so important to retain the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer.
School Bus Crash Sends 14 to Hospitals, Washington Post.com, July 18, 2007
Youths hurt in Balto. Co. school bus crash, Baltimore Sun.com, July 18, 2007
School Bus Fatalities and Injuries, NCSBS.org
Related Web Resources:
The National Coalition for School Bus Safety
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The personal injury law firm of Lebowitz and Mzhen has successfully represented injury clients throughout Washington D.C. and Maryland for many years. We handle all kinds of personal injury cases, including injuries caused by car accidents, bus accidents, motorcycle accidents, products liability cases, and medical malpractice cases.
We have successfully represented many minors who have been injured because another party acted negligently. Contact Lebowitz and Mzhen today to schedule your free consultation.