Archive for the ‘Utah Bus Accident’ Category

School Buses with Outside Cameras for Kids’ Safety

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Alpine School District is said to be testing a new surveillance system to catch drivers who bypass school bus stop signs.

Shaun Adams, of Alpine School District’s Transportation Department, stated that the department observed more and more vehicles not paying attention to traffic laws. A Fox13 article reported that bus drivers see dozens of people ignoring stop signs every day, putting kids in danger.

“[Even] when the stop sign is out and the red lights are flashing,” Adams said, “we have a lot of vehicles drive right through.”

Bus drivers believe distracted driving is to blame. Adams told Fox13 that people are distracted by putting on makeup, drinking or spilling coffee, and using communication devices such as cell phones and GPS. The district hopes that the new camera system mounted on the outside of the bus will deter drivers from passing the school bus when its lights are flashing. The article states that all video of violations will be turned over to the police.

According to Doug Frasier, who is with Gatekeeper Systems, the company that designed the camera system, this move is about the safety of the children and driver behavior modification. He added that the video will provide evidence, violators will get fined, and that people will become more aware— prompting a change in driving behavior.

Because of the system’s steep price tag of $4,000 per unit, officials expect to install cameras on only a handful of buses throughout the district.

If you have been injured due to reckless driving or the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to reparation. Call Christensen & Hymas at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. Confer with our experienced personal injury lawyers to get the compensation you deserve.

Original article by Ashton Goodell of Fox13

Six Children Injured in School Bus Accident

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

A school bus was reported to be involved in an accident that injured six children. According to Utah Highway Patrol troopers the school bus collided with a tree in Paradise Monday afternoon. This accident happened around 3:47 on State Route 165, near mile post 1.

The accident was attributed to distracted driving. According to the report, UHP issued a statement that says that the bus driver was distracted by a child, causing her to take her eyes off the road.

As a result, the bus then went off the road to the right, striking an arrow sign before crashing into two trees at the bottom of a slight embankment.

Trooper Cade Brenchley, Utah Highway Patrol, stated that the bus driver claimed she was distracted by a child standing up in the back,  whom she watched in the rear-view mirror.

The report added that the injured children were transported to a local hospital.

Brenchey stated that it is sad that the accident happened but it could have been worse.

Christensen & Hymas is thankful that the accident did not have fatal consequences. Indeed, many motorists have proven that a few seconds of taking ones eyes off the road are enough for someone to be in an accident. Roads are treacherous, especially during winter.  Losing control or over-correction during these situations can make a driver cause the vehicle to roll or to fall off the road.

Christensen & Hymas advocates child safety. We hope to help more children travel the road safety. We make many articles available on our website to help parents keep their children safe. In the event that your child is injured due to someone’s recklessness or negligence, call us at (810)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. We can answer your concerns on personal injury compensation and help you process the claims properly.

Original article by David Wells and Gene Kennedy of Fox13

5 Ways To Keep Kids Safe At School

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Bus Accident LawyerAccording to KSL5, Utah school zones are becoming more dangerous. The increasing number of parents who wish to drive their kids to school has increased traffic around school zones. I find this information troubling and wish to raise awareness of the issue, thus helping parents get the information they need in order to ensure their kids’ safety.

The KSL5 news story reported that 46% of kids arrive at school via the family car. With the sheer amount of cars, buses, parents, and children at the school, it is important to know the layout of the school. Many schools have designated pick-up and drop-off zones, aside from bus zones. The parents dropping off and picking up their kids should be aware of these zones and comply with the school regulations.

School parking lots have been found to be the most common areas for injuries to pedestrians under the age of 12. Children are shorter than adults, which fact makes them inherently more difficult to see.

5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe at School

1. Know the parking lot, drop-off, and pick-up zone procedures at your school;
2. Plan and expect your children’s pick-up and drop-off to take more time;
3. Never allow your children to roam the parking lot alone;
4. Educate your children about safe parking lot habits; and
5. Slow down, breath, and be polite.

It does not take an accident attorney to know that accidents happen all too frequently, and they surely should not happen at our children’s schools. In order to prevent accidents, this information has been shared; in order to aid those who have already suffered an accident, other information needs to be shared. The Christensen Law Firm, PLLC, has published a series of Utah accident books that they give out for free to anyone who requests one.

To get your free copy of a Utah accident book, call us today at 1-801-506-0800.