Attorney Bryan Fisher Addresses Houston School Bus Crash
A school bus crash in Houston has left two high school students dead and two others and their bus driver seriously injured.
The crash happened around 7 a.m. today after the bus hit and went over the guardrail on the freeway and flipped on the road below. Early reports suggest that the bus driver over corrected and the bus plunged over the guardrail.
Injury attorney Bryan Fisher has previously addressed the need for greater regulation of school bus driver selection, training and supervision noting that “most school bus crashes, injuries and deaths are the direct result of poorly trained and loosely monitored drivers”. Fisher also notes that the NHTSA estimates that since 1998, 1,564 people have died in school transportation-related crashes— an average of 142 fatalities per year-an astounding and unacceptable number. Furthermore, these numbers are likely underestimates as school bus crashes injuries and deaths that result from school related (versus transportation to and from school) trips are not typically included in the tally.
“There is zero political effort to increase student safety on school buses. This leaves only the remedy and persuasion of a civil lawsuit to force necessary change” says Fisher. “We are always ready to fight for the families of children injured in school bus accidents and we will do so until change comes and these horrific statistics are reduced to zero.”
Here is what you can do to help:
1. Let your local, state and federal representatives know that school bus safety must improve. Be sure to include your local school board representatives in your correspondence.
2. Watch and report any unsafe driving by an school bus driver, anywhere, anytime-even if the bus is empty.
3. Fight for change in a civil lawsuit if your family is the victim of school bus driver negligence.
4. Request and scrutinize information regarding the selection, training and supervision of school bus drivers in your district. This information is available with a simple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Contact us if you would like a form.