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Driver Fatigue Factor in Fatal Texas Bus Crash

An investigative report concluded driver fatigue contributed to a fatal bus crash that resulted in the deaths of nine people and the injuries of nearly 40 others near Laredo in 2016.

About the Deadly Texas Bus Crash

The Washington Post reports that a bus driver with “acute sleep deficit” lost control of his vehicle on a wet highway north of Laredo and crashed.

The bus began its journey in Brownsville, Texas and was en route to the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino in Eagle Pass when the crash happened. Investigators believe the driver attempted to react to the bus drifting out of its lane, but overcorrected and braked abruptly. Recent rain and an inoperable antilock braking system complicated the situation.

Seven passengers were died at the scene, an eight died while en route to the hospital, and a ninth passed a few days later.

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the driver had slept little in the hours preceding the crash and had blurred vision caused by hyperglycemia resulting from poorly controlled diabetes. The NTSB also found that the windows on the driver side of the bus gave way too easily, allowing passengers to be thrown from the vehicle.

Road May Have Also Played a Role in the Crash

In addition to their determinations on the driver and the bus, the NTSB found that the stretch of highway where the crash occurred had not been treated with a common pavement texture that reduces skidding.

Over the past five years, 50 crashes have occurred, resulting in three additional deaths.

A spokesperson for TxDOT’s Laredo district declined to comment, saying more time is needed to review the NTSB’s findings.

National Bus Accident Statistics

  • According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 3,978 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes.
  • The number of injury crashes involving buses and large trucks increased by 55 percent between 2009 and 2014.
  • From 2004 to 2014, intercity bus accidents accounted for 13 percent of all fatal bus crashes. School buses accounted for 41 percent and transit buses accounted for 33 percent.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm.

 

 

1 Child Dead, At Least 45 Others Injured in Memphis Bus Crash

A child is dead and dozens of others are injured after a bus carrying a youth football team from Memphis, Tennessee crashed in Saline County, Arkansas.

Details of the Fatal Saline County Bus Crash

According to FOX 13, the bus was transporting the OMYA Elite football team back to Memphis from an All-Star game in Dallas, Texas when the driver lost control of the bus, causing to roll off the interstate near Benton, Arkansas.

Children aboard the bus were 8 to 12 years old. At least one child is dead and 45 others, including some adults, were injured in the crash.

Reports indicate the bus was owned by Scott Shuttle of Somerville, Tennessee.

The crash remains under investigation.

Bus Accident Statistics

  • According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 3,978 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes.
  • The number of injury crashes involving buses and large trucks increased by 55 percent between 2009 and 2014.
  • From 2004 to 2014, intercity bus accidents accounted for 13 percent of all fatal bus crashes. School buses accounted for 41 percent and transit buses accounted for 33 percent.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm.

 

Eight Students Injured in Montgomery County Bus Crash

Eight school children were hospitalized following serous bus crash in Olney, Maryland on Monday morning.

Details of the Maryland Bus Crash

According to reports, the crash occurred on Norbeck Road near Olney when a  bus transporting middle schooler to Farquhar Middle School was struck by a garbage truck. While authorities believe weather did play a role in the collision, they placed responsibility on the garbage truck driver.

“He lost control of his vehicle and the rear-end fish tailed into the east bound lane striking the front drivers side of the school bus,” said Public Information Officer Lucille Baur. “At this stage of the investigation it has been determined that the driver of the trash truck is the at fault driver and he has been cited.”

Police say none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

School Bus Accident Statistics

On average, of 30 school-age children are killed each year in school-transportation-related crashes — most of them outside of the bus or in other vehicles — according to newly updated federal data.

According to NHTSA, from 2006 to 2015, there were 324,710 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,172 (0.4%) were classified as being related to school transportation.

Even within the school-transportation-related fatalities, less than a quarter of those killed are children. In the 2006 to 2015 time span, NHTSA’s data show that 1,313 people of all ages were killed in crashes related to school transportation, with 301 of them (23%) being school-age children (age 18 or younger).

The report also shows that most of the child fatalities take place outside of school buses or in other vehicles. Of the 301 school-age children killed in school-transportation-related crashes from 2006 to 2015:

  • 54 (18%) were occupants of school transportation vehicles
  • 137 (46%) were occupants of other vehicles
  • 102 (34%) were pedestrians
  • Eight (3%) were cyclists

According to NHTSA’s data, of the school-age pedestrians killed in school-transportation-related crashes from 2006 to 2015:

  • 61% were struck by school buses.
  • 3% were struck by vehicles functioning as school buses.
  • 36% were struck by other vehicles involved in the crashes.

NHTSA defines a school-transportation-related crash as one that involves, either directly or indirectly, a school bus body vehicle or a non-school bus functioning as a school bus, transporting children to or from school or school-related activities.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

 

3 Siblings Dead After Being Struck by a Truck While Walking to Their School Bus

Three siblings were killed and another child was injured Tuesday when they were struck by a pickup truck in rural Rochester, Indiana. The children were crossing the road to get to their school bus when the accident occurred.

About the Fatal Indiana Accident

According to CNN, 6-year-old twins and their 9-year-old sister were struck and killed by a 2017 Toyota Tacoma about 50 miles west of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Another student, 11, was hit by the pickup and sustained life-threatening injuries.

Investigators say the accident occurred around 7:15 am. The school bus was stopped on a two lane highway with its stop sign extended and its emergency lighting activated.

The 24-year-old driver of the Tacoma, remained at the scene. No citations or charges had been brought as of Tuesday afternoon.

The incident remains under investigation.

School Bus Accident Statistics

On average, of 30 school-age children are killed each year in school-transportation-related crashes — most of them outside of the bus or in other vehicles — according to newly updated federal data.

According to NHTSA, from 2006 to 2015, there were 324,710 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,172 (0.4%) were classified as being related to school transportation.

Even within the school-transportation-related fatalities, less than a quarter of those killed are children. In the 2006 to 2015 time span, NHTSA’s data show that 1,313 people of all ages were killed in crashes related to school transportation, with 301 of them (23%) being school-age children (age 18 or younger).

The report also shows that most of the child fatalities take place outside of school buses or in other vehicles. Of the 301 school-age children killed in school-transportation-related crashes from 2006 to 2015:

  • 54 (18%) were occupants of school transportation vehicles
  • 137 (46%) were occupants of other vehicles
  • 102 (34%) were pedestrians
  • Eight (3%) were cyclists

According to NHTSA’s data, of the school-age pedestrians killed in school-transportation-related crashes from 2006 to 2015:

  • 61% were struck by school buses.
  • 3% were struck by vehicles functioning as school buses.
  • 36% were struck by other vehicles involved in the crashes.

NHTSA defines a school-transportation-related crash as one that involves, either directly or indirectly, a school bus body vehicle or a non-school bus functioning as a school bus, transporting children to or from school or school-related activities.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

Teen Driver Rear-Ends Somerset School Bus Carrying 40 Students

Authorities say a 17-year-old driver rear-ended a Somerset ISD school bus that was carrying more than 40 elementary school students early Tuesday morning.

Details of the Somerset School Bus Accident

According to KSAT, the collision occurred around 7 am in the 20800 block of Highway 16.

Preliminary reports say the Somerset ISD school bus was stopped and had its stop sign deployed and its flashing lights active when it was struck by the 17-year-old Somerset High School student. The teen’s Ford Branco became wedged under the back of the bus, and the teen had to be extricated from the vehicle.

The teen was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No life-threatening injuries to bus passengers either.

School Bus Accident Statistics

On average, of 30 school-age children are killed each year in school-transportation-related crashes — most of them outside of the bus or in other vehicles — according to newly updated federal data.

According to NHTSA, from 2006 to 2015, there were 324,710 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,172 (0.4%) were classified as being related to school transportation.

Even within the school-transportation-related fatalities, less than a quarter of those killed are children. In the 2006 to 2015 time span, NHTSA’s data show that 1,313 people of all ages were killed in crashes related to school transportation, with 301 of them (23%) being school-age children (age 18 or younger).

The report also shows that most of the child fatalities take place outside of school buses or in other vehicles. Of the 301 school-age children killed in school-transportation-related crashes from 2006 to 2015:

  • 54 (18%) were occupants of school transportation vehicles
  • 137 (46%) were occupants of other vehicles
  • 102 (34%) were pedestrians
  • Eight (3%) were cyclists

According to NHTSA’s data, of the school-age pedestrians killed in school-transportation-related crashes from 2006 to 2015:

  • 61% were struck by school buses.
  • 3% were struck by vehicles functioning as school buses.
  • 36% were struck by other vehicles involved in the crashes.

NHTSA defines a school-transportation-related crash as one that involves, either directly or indirectly, a school bus body vehicle or a non-school bus functioning as a school bus, transporting children to or from school or school-related activities.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

 

New Mexico Bus Crash Death Toll Reaches 9

The ninth person to die in a western New Mexico bus crash was identified as an infant, who was receiving treatment in a neonatal intensive care unit, says a hospital spokeswoman.

About the Fatal Bus Crash

The spokeswoman for the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Alex Sanchez, was not able to provide any additional details on Monday, and the patient’s name has not yet been released.

According to reports, who reportedly spoke to the child’s parents, Christy Westerdale and Joseph Chandler, the infant has been identified as Jordyn Rose. They said that Westerdale went into labor after the bus crash, which happened on August 30th.

UNMHSC posted recently on their Twitter page, saying that three more patients still remain hospitalized following the collision of a tractor-trailer and a Greyhound bus on Interstate 40 near Thoreau.

According to the police, an eastbound tractor-trailer owned by JAG Transportation of Fresno, California, crossed into oncoming lanes after a tire failure on August 30th. The greyhound bus was traveling from Albuquerque to Phoenix, with intentions to continue on to Los Angeles, while the truck was carrying produce from Marina, California to Memphis, Tennessee. It took place 100 miles west of Albuquerque.

Police have reported that the driver of the truck was 35-year-old man. The man hasn’t been identified because he is not facing charges, says the New Mexico State Police.

A spokesman for the State Police didn’t respond to an email regarding potential updates to the investigation.

Bus Accident Statistics

  • According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 3,978 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes.
  • The number of injury crashes involving buses and large trucks increased by 55 percent between 2009 and 2014.
  • From 2004 to 2014, intercity bus accidents accounted for 13 percent of all fatal bus crashes. School buses accounted for 41 percent and transit buses accounted for 33 percent.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm.

5 of 8 New Mexico Bus Crash Victims Identified

Five of the eight people killed in a New Mexico bus crash on Thursday have been identified, and the medical investigator has announced the cause of death as blunt force trauma.

About the Fatal New Mexico Bus Crash

Authorities have reported, based on an interview with the driver, that the tractor-trailer blew out a tire and veered across a median before it hit a Greyhound bus head-on. According to New Mexico State Police, the accident occurred on I-40 near Thoreau.

The first five victims were identified as Charla Bale, 34, Terry Mason, 45, Veronica Jean Williams, 49, Sadie Thomas, 50, and Luis Alvarez, 50. Alvarez was driving the bus when the accident happened.

“My heart goes out to the families of these victims. We are always diligent to try and identify decedents quickly so we can release them back to their families,” Dr. Kurt Nolte, chief medical investigator, said in a statement. “We know there are other families who are still waiting for word of their loved ones and we are using several identification methods to make those identifications.”

New Mexico State Police and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will continue an investigation on the incident. The NTSB will be analyzing information from the electronic logging devices (ELD), which have been mandated for all commercial vehicles since December 2017, for the Greyhound bus and the semi truck. The ELDs collect data by synchronizing with the engine of a vehicle to record driving time.

According to the NTSB, the ELDs are important to the investigation because they provide information on the vehicle’s motion.

Jag Trucking, Inc., which began operating in 2014, has been identified by the NTSB as the operator of the semi truck. The company began the New Entrant Safety Assurance Program un 2014, which was required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and completed the program with a satisfactory rating.

On Monday, NTSB investigators will meet with Jag company representatives and are attempting to schedule an interview with the driver. They’re currently an unrated carrier.

The NTSB has subpoenaed blood tests for both the semi driver and bus driver, and have begun the process of interviewing passengers on the bus for more information on the injuries caused by the crash.

The agency released photos of investigators inspection of the left tire of the truck, which may have caused the accident.

Bus Accident Statistics

  • In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported approximately 11,000 bus accidents resulting in injuries.
    • 22,000 people were injured in these accidents
    • 281 people were killed in these accidents
  • There were 109 fatalities involving a crash with a school bus in 2014 — the most of any bus type.
    • 83 fatalities involving a transit bus
    • 47 fatalities involving a cross-country, intercity bus
    • 11 fatalities involving a van-based bus
  • Of the 281 fatalities in crashes involving a bus, 44 were occupants on a bus.
    • 79 pedestrians were killed in crashes involving a bus (27.8 percent of all bus-involved crash fatalities)

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

8 Dead, Dozens Injured After Semi Crashes with Bus in New Mexico

A greyhound bus and semi-truck collided on a New Mexico interstate near the town of Thoreau, resulting in the death of eight passengers, and dozens of people injured.

Details of the New Mexico Bus Accident

Seven bodies of those died were found on Friday at the scene of the collision. The eighth person died after being taken to the hospital according the New Mexico Office of Medical Investigator.

ABC News reported that 33 people have been taken to the hospital, some in critical condition.

New Mexico State Police said the semi was heading east when it blew a tire, causing the truck to cross the median into oncoming traffic, hitting the Greyhound bus.

Although the crash resulted in multiple deaths, the driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Both the bus and truck sustained serious damage, testifying to the severity of the crash. The front of the bus completely crumbled after the crash, and smashed. The truck was upside down, torn to pieces, and covered in debris. Large parts of both vehicles were torn off in the crash.

The truck driver, Santos Soto III, said he saw people sobbing on the side of the road as bystanders tried to comfort them.

Greyhound said the bus, which originated in St. Louis on Wednesday, had stopped in Albuquerque and was en route to Phoenix with 47 passengers.

“We are fully cooperating with local authorities and will also complete an investigation of our own,” Greyhound spokeswoman Crystal Booker said in a statement.

The crash forced the closure of the westbound lanes of the interstate and traffic was backing up as travelers were diverted.

Bus Accident Statistics

  • According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 3,978 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes.
  • The number of injury crashes involving buses and large trucks increased by 55 percent between 2009 and 2014.
  • From 2004 to 2014, intercity bus accidents accounted for 13 percent of all fatal bus crashes. School buses accounted for 41 percent and transit buses accounted for 33 percent.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm.

3 Injured, 1 Critical in MTA Bus Crash

A driver is in grave condition after crashing into an MTA bus at the Patapsco Avenue light rail station in the Lansdowne area, reported MTA.

Details of the MTA Bus Accident

According to reports, the accident happened at about 4:45 p.m.

A private vehicle was driving east on Patapsco Avenue when it hit a bus that was leaving the station, “causing extensive damage to both vehicles” MTA spokesperson Sandy Arnette said.

The driver was taken to Shock Trauma with grave injuries.

The bus driver and two people on the bus suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Bus Accident Statistics

  • According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 3,978 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes.
  • The number of injury crashes involving buses and large trucks increased by 55 percent between 2009 and 2014.
  • From 2004 to 2014, intercity bus accidents accounted for 13 percent of all fatal bus crashes. School buses accounted for 41 percent and transit buses accounted for 33 percent.

Who Can Be Held Responsible in a Bus Accident?

If it is determined that a bus driver was negligent in an accident, the driver’s employer may be liable for:

  • Failure to properly train drivers
  • Failure to maintain vehicle
  • Failure to verify proper licensing/certification
  • Negligent hiring practices
  • Negligent supervision
  • Negligent entrustment

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Lawyer

If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

18 People Hospitalized After School Bus Crash in Broward County

A mid-morning school bus crash along a busy Broward County roadway sent 18 people to the hospital with minor injuries Friday morning.

Details of the Broward County School Bus Crash

According to ABC Miami, a total of 14 kids onboard the school bus were transported to area hospitals. 10 of them were transported to Broward General Medical Center and four others were transported to Plantation General Hospital.

Four adults were also hospitalized. According to Florida Highway Patrol, none of the injuries were considered to be serious.

The children were part of a group from a Pembroke Pines church heading to a volunteer project, according to those associated with the group. The bus was operated by World of Kids Transportation.

The families of the students involved were told to contact Florida Highway Patrol for reunification information.

Bus Crash Statistics Overview

Buses and trucks made up just 11.9 percent of fatal crashes on United States roadways in 2015. In 2015 the number of bus crash statistics rose slightly.

  • 257 fatal bus crashes
  • 49 bus occupant fatalities
  • 295 total deaths in all bus crashes for 2015
  • 14,000 bus crashes that resulted in injury
  • 53,000 bus crashes that resulted in property damage only

There were 888,907 buses registered nationwide and they traveled 16.2 billion miles during 2015. A breakdown of fatal bus crashes is as follows:

  • Intercity buses –32 deaths
  • Transit buses and school buses –190 deaths
  • All other types of buses – 35 deaths

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

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