Recently a school bus and a car were involved in an accident in the town of Marietta, Georgia, on a Friday morning when kids were heading to school. Vehicle accidents involving children and school buses are always scary for parents (see a previous post on a Georgia school bus accident), and drivers always have to be extra careful and vigilant around school buses.
This accident occurred, according to news reports, because a 2001 Acura 3.2 TL driven by Bhavani Saride, 36-years-old and of Smyrna, failed to yield when turning left at about 7:15am at the intersection of Polk Street and the North Marietta Parkway. The school bus, number 91-12, was headed to Marietta High School with 37 students on board. The car carried a 12-year-old seventh grade Marietta Middle School student who was critically injured when the school bus t-boned the car on the passenger side where the boy was sitting. Marietta police spokesman, David Baldwin, said the boy’s injuries were life threatening and he was air lifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. 13 high school students on the school bus, as well as the bus driver, were also taken to a nearby hospital, although none with serious injuries. Two students were taken to WellStar Kennestone by ambulance and the other 11, with minor injuries, by another bus. The bus driver was also taken to WellStar Kennestone. All of the high school students and the driver were released from the hospital the same day. The young, critically injured student, whose name was not released because he is a minor, was released two days later. According to Mr. Baldwin, he had “some fractured bones and internal bruising, but no head injury.”
The mother driving the car has been cited for failure to yield. The school bus driver, Bonnie Lea Banks, is being cited by the district for her actions to minimize the damage of the accident. Mark Lindstrum, the district’s director of transportation, said, “We want to recognize (Banks) for doing the right thing and that’s driving defensively.” Mr. Lindstrum also noted that the badly injured 12-year-old could have died if things had gone differently. Ms. Banks, who is 57-years-old, has twenty years experience driving a school bus. Mr. Lindstrum told reporters, “A car usually doesn’t win against a school bus. The kids were doing the right thing and the bus driver was paying attention to the road, which is critical.” She also returned to work driving buses last Wednesday.
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This accident, and the comment that cars usually don’t win against buses, reminds us all that driving safely is even more necessary around larger and more powerful vehicles. If you have been involved in an accident with any type of vehicle, contact the personal injury lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter. Our experienced car, truck, and bus accident attorneys can help you understand your case and how best to proceed legally. Please call us at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation.