We’ve said it here before, but it bears repeating; When it comes to riding on public transportation — be it a city bus or your child’s school bus — there is always potential for personal injury due to a traffic accident. Being hurt while traveling by bus, train or plane is always possible, but it’s not unusual for most people to assume that public transport is safe.
As commuters, our belief that bus and train operators are trained professionals who go about their duties with their passengers’ safety and well being foremost in mind. As Maryland auto accident lawyers and Washington, D.C., personal injury attorneys, we understand how parents expect that their children will be safe and sound when riding local school buses. Sadly, this is not always the case.
In this not-so-perfect world, car, bus and motorcycle collisions do occur; and with disturbing frequency, especially in congested urban areas such as Baltimore, Annapolis and the District. When riding public transport, we as passengers put our faith in those running bus lines, railroads and airlines. When it comes to school-age kids, we also know that safety is a concern of most every parent.
A news item not long ago was a reminder of the injury potential that a school bus accident can present. According to reports, six individuals were hurt in a traffic wreck on Interstate 270 near Rockville. According to police reports, the crash occurred during the morning rush hour and involved a school bus and two cars.
Based on information from the Maryland State Police, one of the two passenger cars collided with the school bus along a stretch of I-270 between Montgomery and Shady Grove roads. Reports were sketchy, however authorities indicates that four persons on the Montgomery Co. school bus were injured during the collision. In addition to a teacher’s aide and the bus driver, who reportedly received non-life-threatening injuries, two children were also hurt.
According to a spokesperson for the Montgomery County Public Schools, the bus was transporting students to the Ivymount School near Potomac when the accident happened. Police reports indicate that the drivers of the two other vehicles received relatively minor injuries, although each was taken to Suburban Hospital for medical treatment.