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Student injured in Florence County school bus crash

Motorists and pedestrians face the risk of injury from other cars and trucks. However, vehicles that transport students also may pose dangers to the occupants of other vehicles and pedestrians in addition to their own occupants.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 1,221 fatal school-transportation vehicle crashes in the United States from 2002 through 2011 that resulted in 1,351 deaths, or an average of 135 fatalities each year. Non-occupants, such as pedestrians and bicyclists, accounted for 21 percent of deaths from these accidents. Moreover, occupants of other vehicles accounted for the vast majority of deaths at 72 percent.

As a recent example in this state of the dangers buses can pose, Lake City School District officials reported that two school buses were involved in an accident in Coward, South Carolina on the morning of November 8. A bus for the Lake City College Preparatory Academy Charter School rear-ended the school district's bus that was stopped in the road. The school district bus had 27 passengers on-board and was heading to Ronald E. McNair Middle School and Lake City High School. Three students were passengers on the charter school bus.

A student on the Lake City bus was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The charter school bus driver was also injured and taken to the hospital. The extent of his injuries was not reported.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Coward Police Department are conducting an accident investigation. The Coward Police will probably cite the charter school bus driver for a traffic violation.

Passengers and drivers of other vehicles, pedestrians and occupants of a school-transportation vehicle may be victims of that vehicle driver's negligence or defects in the machine's equipment. These victims should consider seeking prompt advice to determine their right to compensation for medical expenses, lost employment and other damages suffered in an accident.

Source: WPDE, "Two school buses hit each other," Tonya Brown, Nov. 8, 2013

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