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01/15/2014
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Do You Trust Your Child’s School Bus Driver?

When watching your children board the school bus, you trust the school employees will take care of your kids. School buses are equipped with stop signs and flashing lights to make sure children stay safe. But what about the person controlling the vehicle? Are school bus drivers taking every precaution to ensure the safety of the children on board? Apparently not, as seen by video taken by a child on a Florida school bus.

A student of HillsboroCounty shot a video with her cell phone showing the school bus driver completely engaged in texting while driving. After showing her mother the video, the video went viral.

Texting while driving was not illegal in Florida when the incident occurred, but the law changed starting October 1. Despite the act not being illegal, it is definitely a breach of trust for many parents with children using school buses.

Shortly after the incident in Florida, another school bus driver was observed doing the same thing in Boston. The school department reacted quickly and officials began looking in to the contracted transportation company hired to transport school children.

Bus drivers have a huge responsibility of safety for their passengers. When a bus driver fails to meet their obligations, the driver and/or the company can be held responsible. Unfortunately, they will most likely do whatever is possible to escape the responsibility for a collision.

Negligent and reckless driving is the leading cause of bus accidents. Many drivers aren’t even qualified to be driving a bus in the first place. The most common instances of reckless driving include:

  • Driving without proper qualifications to safely operate the bus
  • Speeding to quicken the route
  • Using a cell phone while driving
  • Driving under the influence

At Ray Hodge & Associates, we believe in personal injury handled personally. At our office you see a lawyer from the very first meeting because we believe your case deserves an experienced personal injury attorney right from the start.

If you have had a Kansas bus wreck injury that was not your fault and need medical treatment, you need an experienced professional who can help you get back on the road to recovery. Call us today at 316-269-1414 or visit our contact page here. Our Kansas personal injury attorneys will provide you a free initial consultation and if we take your case you don’t pay a dime unless we recover money for you. Even then we only take a percentage of the total amount of your recovery.

If you have questions on what you should be looking for when you are making a decision to hire a Kansas personal injury lawyer, read our article located here.

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