In a recent accident, at least two students as well as both involved drivers were taken to the hospital after an accident involving a bus and a truck in Franklin County. The accident, which occurred early in the morning on April 7, involved a head-on collision between the two vehicles. While details around the accident remain unclear, all students involved in the accident are expected to recover from their injuries.
What Happened in This Accident?
The accident occurred at around 7:30 AM on Cowan Highway, near Arnold Farm Road in Franklin County. The bus was transporting nine children to South Middle School and Cowan Elementary School, when a truck going in the opposite direction suddenly crossed the middle line of the road and veered into oncoming traffic. The truck collided with the bus, resulting in severe injuries to the truck driver, as well as injuries to the bus driver and at least two students.
Why Did This Accident Happen?
At the moment, details surrounding the accident are unclear. While the bus driver was credited with reacting quickly to the situation, potentially avoiding a worse outcome, both drivers still required hospitalization for injuries suffered in the accident. The truck driver, in particular, needed to be airlifted away from the scene of the accident by helicopter, due to the severity of his injuries. The accident is being investigated by the Winchester Police Department, and the cause of the crash has yet to be determined.
Are Bus Accidents Common?
On average, about 60,000 bus accidents happen every year across the United States, resulting in around 14,000 injuries and around 300 deaths. These accidents are disproportionately likely to happen in large cities, where public transportation is more common and roads are busier, increasing the risk of a bus accident. However, even in rural areas, buses can pose a serious problem when they get into an accident, where their large bulk can result in significant damage to anyone or anything they crash into.
What Should I Do if I Get in a Bus Accident?
If you have been involved in a bus accident, either because you were a passenger on a bus during an accident or because you were involved in a crash with a bus, your first priority should be to seek immediate medical attention. After that, however, you should speak to a lawyer with experience handling auto accidents and other personal injury cases. They can help you to evaluate your legal options, and build a case so you can obtain the compensation you deserve.