School Bus Stop Accidents May Be Deadly – Woman is Killed in South Carolina
As a parent of young children, I am always concerned to read about school bus stop accidents. The zone around a school bus when it stops to pick up children should be a safe place. Drivers must stop behind and in front of a bus which has its red lights on and its stop arm up.
Sadly, a fatal crash in South Carolina has served as a reminder that drivers don’t always follow this important rule.
A report on WAVY.com stated a mother was hit and killed on Monday morning after her child boarded a school bus in Anderson County, South Carolina, officials said.
This accident occurred at about 6:40 a.m. My thoughts are with the family of the mother who lost her life.
According to coroner Greg Shore, the woman’s 16-year-old Crescent High School student got on the bus. The student’s mother was talking to the bus driver in a travel lane when she was hit by a man on his way to work.
The 46-year-old mother from Starr died at the scene of the accident from blunt force trauma.
South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Hovis said the victim was hit by a vehicle traveling west on First Avenue. The mother was later identified as Kerri Mullins. The coroner said fog was a factor in the fatal accident.
The driver is a 38-year-old man from Starr. He suffered minor injuries and was taken to AnMed Hospital. Investigators were reported to be reviewing school bus footage. No details were available on possible charges.
School Bus Stop Accidents – The Dangers
Every year, an average of almost 140 people are killed in school transportation-related crashes, and hundreds more are injured. When we are talking about school bus crashes, the safest place to be is on the school bus.
Children and their parents are in the greatest danger when buses and picking up students and offloading them.
School bus stop accidents may be caused by inattentive drivers who fail to see a bus that’s stopped. Drivers should also look out for children crossing the road to get to school bus stops.
These kinds of accidents are heartbreaking. In the winter when mornings and nights are darker, you should exercise extreme safety in and around bus stops.
Contact our Hampton Roads bus accident injury lawyers at (757) 333-3333 or read our top school bus safety measures.