Everyday children and teenagers pile onto school busses. Whether it's just another regular day of class or a field trip or sporting event, parents and caregivers all trust the bus driver to carry their children safely to the desired destination. Driving a school bus is an enormous responsibility and should be treated as such.
An eight-year-old girl arrived at a Seattle hospital in critical condition after being hit by a car while crossing the street on September 30. According to reports, the pedestrian accident took place after the girl disembarked from a school bus and was hit by a Dodge Durango. At last report, it remained unclear whether the driver of the Durango violated traffic laws.
Here in Seattle, parents and other citizens alike are often responsible to protect the children in our communities. Unfortunately, innocent children do sometimes become victims of the negligent or reckless behavior of adults.
It does not appear that any information has been released about what might have caused the school bus crash in central Washington last week that injured 39 students. There is much to investigate in bus accidents--including the driver's history, log books, vehicle maintenance records as well as information about the bus company.