When our children board a school bus, we hope that they are in safe hands. However, like anyone else on the road, drivers also have to watch out for other people who might not be as safe or responsible.
In Weston, Massachusetts, a driver is facing charges after causing a school bus to run off the road. The driver, Scott Rossi, has been charged with unsafely changing lanes, negligent driving, and unsafe passing. Officials say that Rossi caused the school bus, filled with twenty-two children, to run into the guardrail and flip onto its side. The children, the bus driver, and the bus monitor were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries after the accident.
School Bus Accidents Due to Passing Are Common
One of the most common ways that school buses wind up in traffic accidents or near misses is when drivers attempt to pass the school bus during a stop. School buses will stop and put out their stop sign when students are boarding or exiting the bus. It is crucial for drivers to obey the signs of a school bus. When a school bus is stopped, it is unsafe to pass it on any side.
Safely Driving Behind a Bus
Driving behind a school bus can make your commute slower. If you need to pass a school bus, the best way to do this is to turn down another street. Changing streets so that you are not in the path of the school bus will allow you to safely drive without having to stop along with the bus.
Remember not to pass by the bus to get around them, as this is a violation of traffic laws in every state. Avoiding school zones during school hours is also best if you find yourself in a hurry.
Milwaukee Bus Accident Lawyer
Bus accidents don’t happen often, but when they do, they can be tragic. It’s important that drivers who are negligent or cause these accidents be held accountable. If you or a loved one has been in an accident, we can help. Contact the Law Offices of Gary Greenberg at 414-271-7007 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation.