Bus Driver at Fault in Fatal School Bus Accident

Investigators have determined that a school bus driver was at fault in a fatal collision with a dump truck that left one student dead.

About the Fatal School Bus Accident

According to the Idaho Statesman, the school bus, driven by Debra Boatwright, 56, was traveling east on Deer Flat Road when pulled out into an intersection and was struck by a dump truck driven by Charles Samuel Derby, 33.

Investigators believe that, though she likely stopped at the stop sign posted at the intersection, Boatwright had failed to yield to the oncoming dump truck and moved into the vehicle’s path.

Derby, who was not required to stop at the intersection, attempted to avoid the bus, but struck its front right axle. The collision caused Boatwright to lose control of the bus which then struck a stop sign and a street sign.

The collision resulted in the death of 11-year-old Daniel Cook and the hospitalization of four other children.

The report did indicate that Derby had marijuana in his system, but did not indicate that the drug had contributed to the accident.

Bus Accident Statistics

  • The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recorded 242 fatal bus accidents in 2011 which resulted in 283 deaths.
  • This marked an increase in the number of bus related fatalities with 278 deaths being recorded in 2010 and 254 deaths in 2009.
  • In addition, roughly 24,000 people were injured as a result of traffic collisions involving buses.
Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

Thomas J. Henry have handled a multitude of commercial vehicle accidents over the past two decades and continue to handle many of the largest 18-wheeler accident cases throughout the United States. Whether the company is small or large, our success is not an accident; it is because we understand how trucking companies operate. We represent clients/victims all over the country.

Thomas J. Henry are available to respond to truck and bus accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition, or acquiring, of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact our offices – we are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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