A school bus driver in Douglas County, Georgia, heroically saved students in a fiery crash yesterday according to a report in the AJC. The report indicates that the school bus was struck by a truck which ran a red light, struck the school bus, and caught on fire while students were still on the bus. The bus driver helped to evacuate students, saving them from potentially life-threatening injuries.
Georgia has specific laws aimed at protecting students riding school buses found in Title 40, Chapter 6, Article 8 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated. Most of the laws in the article apply to safety procedures school bus drivers must follow. The main code section applicable to drivers of other vehicles is O.C.G.A. § 40-6-163 which makes it unlawful to pass a school bus that is loading or unloading passengers.
Thankfully, it appears that no students were seriously injured yesterday, though collisions with school buses can result in serious injuries or death. School buses in Georgia typically do not have seat belts to protect children and the laws of Georgia do not require seat belts in school buses. Recently, Fulton County became on of the first counties to purchase buses with seat belts according to another report by the AJC. That report notes that the National Transportation and Safety Board has determined that seat belts in school buses reduce injuries and save lives.
If your child has been injured in a school bus accident and you would like to speak with a Georgia personal injury lawyer please contact Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation today.
Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia and is based in Lawrenceville, one mile down the road from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Call him today for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585. The information above is for informational purposes only as of the date of publication and should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the reading of it form an attorney-client relationship. Always consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.