A 6 year old Morganza, Louisiana, child was killed on November 15, 2009, while getting off of a school bus on Louisiana Highway 1, north of Louisiana Highway 420, in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. The school bus driver had activated the bus’s safety signals, but the oncoming driver of a Ford car, nevertheless, struck and killed the child as he exited the school bus. The driver of the Ford car was booked into the Pointe Coupee Parish Prison for failure to stop while bus signals are activated and for negligent homicide.
The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration reports that between 1996 and 2006, there were approximately 1,536 fatal school transportation-related motor vehicle traffic crashes, with one-half (50%) of all school-age pedestrians who were killed being between the ages of 5 and 7. The National School Bus Safety Week is held the third full week of October every year. The next School Bus Safety Week will be October 18-22, 2010. Do not wait until then to practice school bus safety. Our children’s lives are too important to take chances–always stop when school bus signals are activated and never pass a school bus. Be patient, a child’s life may depend on it.
If your child was injured or killed in a school bus accident, call the Baton Rouge, Louisiana school bus accident lawyers at Dué, Guidry, Piedrahita & Andrews. Email Louisiana injury lawyers or call (800) 929-7481 to schedule a free consultation.