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 die annually as a result of a school transportation-related crash; though this number may seem small, the loss of even one young life is too many from an accident that was likely preventable.

The safety of children should be the priority of those in and outside the home, including teachers, bus drivers, and school officials. However, if a person chooses to act in a negligent manner, a young child may be the one to pay the price. Maryland personal injury lawyer Steven H. Heisler, “The Injury Lawyer,” has years of experience aiding MD accident victims and working to receive the compensation they need to recover. If your child has been injured in an accident, call (877) 228-4878 to discuss your claim with us at no cost.