A 7-year-old boy was injured early Wednesday morning when he was run over by a school bus. According to a report from Fox 5, the child was running in the street in an attempt to catch his bus shortly before 7 AM in the Brookglen subdivision off Flakes Mill Road. He slipped and fell, and the driver — who did not see him — ran over his legs with the vehicle. The extent of the child’s injuries was not known at the time of the report.
The driver remained at the scene, and students who were aboard the bus when the accident occurred were transferred to another bus and taken to school. The accident is under investigation.
As noted by the National Safety Council, thousands of fatal and injury accidents involving school transportation vehicles occur each year throughout the U.S. While the occupants of other vehicles, the bus driver, and bus passengers are most likely to be injured in school bus accidents, hundreds of pedestrians are injured by school buses as well. Pedestrians account for around 16 percent of all fatal school bus accidents.
Regionally, school bus accidents are not uncommon. In early January, a crash between a school bus and a pickup truck in Gwinnett County resulted in the driver of the pickup becoming seriously injured, according to a report from Atlanta News First. There were no children on board the bus at the time of the accident. In early December, a Gwinnett County school bus transporting non-verbal children with special needs was involved in an accident, causing the bus to flip over onto its side. There were no reported injuries in that accident, according to a report from 11 Alive.
If you or your child has been injured as a result of a bus accident in the Atlanta metropolitan area, an experienced bus accident lawyer from Cambre & Associates LLC can help you understand your legal options for seeking compensation for the expenses and impacts of the injury. For your free case evaluation, contact us.