Three buses, carrying a group of sixth graders on a field trip, were involved in a multi vehicle crash on Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County.
Apparently, one of the buses was unable to slow down in time to avoid hitting another bus that had just slowed down in front. In all, there were six buses transporting students of the Beck's Middle Academy on a trip to the Georgia Aquarium and the King Tut Museum, and three of which were involved in the crash. The buses that crashed were carrying a total of 131 students.
Three children were injured. None of them suffered serious injuries, but one had to be taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. The buses were not school buses or district-owned buses, but commercial charter buses
Being an Atlanta personal injury lawyer and a parent, school bus safety continues to be a major concern for me. There are still no rules requiring seat belts on all school buses. In fact, the National Transportation Safety Board ("NTSB") has just taken its recommendation that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration take more steps to enhance safety for school bus passengers off its Most Wanted list. The NTSB is citing the fact that in 2008, the NHTSA increased seat back height specifications, and set voluntary standards for seat belts on buses. The new NHTSA rules, which will take effect in 2011, will require that small school buses come with lap shoulder belts. However, there will be no such requirement for large school buses.
Jason Schultz is a Gwinnett County personal injury lawyer, helping injured victims of car, tractor trailer and bus accidents recover the compensation they deserve.