Maryland Drivers Are Ignoring School Bus Safety

A 2018 survey in Maryland shows that the state has a serious problem when it comes to drivers’ ignoring school bus safety rules. A significant number of drivers disregard the law that requires them to stop when a school bus has its red lights flashing and stop-arms out to indicate children are getting on or off. The survey was conducted this past spring with participation from over 80 percent of the state’s bus drivers from 24 school systems. In total, the drivers counted 3,812 violations of red flashing light and stop-arm rules in a single day. Baltimore City had 64 violations, which is down from last year when there were 152. Among counties, the violation leader was Montgomery, with 1,038 recorded. Baltimore County was second. Bus drivers in the county recorded 688 violations. Violations for other nearby counties included 385 in Anne Arundel and 97 for Carroll, which were both lower than last year’s numbers. However, in both Harford and Howard counties violations were higher than last year—they counted 196 and 290 respectively. While the number of violations rose in some areas in 2018, statewide school bus violations were much lower than in 2011, the year the survey was first[…..]

Rockville, MD School Bus Crash Sends 5 Elementary School Students to Hospital

The Rockville Police report that a September 24 school bus collision sent five elementary school students to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. According to The Washington Post, the school bus collided with another vehicle around 8:30 a.m. on Great Falls Road in Rockville. A total of 45 students were on board the bus at the time of the accident. A police spokesman states the driver of the Jeep involved in the collision has been cited for failing to yield the right-of-way when making a left turn in front of the bus at an intersection. Both the school bus driver and the driver of the Jeep were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Five of the young students in the school bus complained of neck and back injuries and were taken to the hospital for treatment following the car accident, but the injuries were not life threatening. Data recently released from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that there were 1,236 fatal school transportation-related accidents from 2001 to 2010. During this time period, this total amount of fatal crashes accounted for 0.34 percent of the 363,839 fatal motor vehicle accidents. The statistics also reveal that 18 school age children[…..]

Maryland Transit Authority Bus Accidents Are Too Many

Large Companies and Personal Injury Claims: Who Wins? According a report in the Baltimore Sun, on March 10, 2009, at approximately 5:15 a.m., an MTA bus collided with an SUV and then crashed into a downtown hotel injuring two passengers and the driver of the SUV. On the same day closer to the afternoon hours, another MTA bus collided with a SUV in East Baltimore injuring six people. Yet another MTA bus incident occurred on March 12, 2009, where the bus struck a parked tow truck in Essex sending the driver and two passengers to the hospital. With the slew of auto accidents involving MTA buses over the past three days, the Maryland Transit Authority has not yet released any statements as to how these personal injury victims will be taken care of. They have only commented on passengers with minor injuries. With the help of an experienced Maryland auto accident attorney and personal injury lawyer like Steven H. Heisler, your rights will be protected to ensure that large companies responsible for personal injury incidents are brought to justice. Steven H. Heisler will work hard on your behalf to navigate the legal course to justice. Mr. Heisler has been helping[…..]