Two people in a Chevrolet Tahoe have been injured after their SUV struck a Lake Stevens school bus this morning.
The bus accident occurred around 7am this morning when the Tahoe crossed into the oncoming lanes at South Lake Stevens Road and South Davies Road. Police cite excessive speed as a factor in the accident.
The driver of the SUV and passenger were taken to Providence Regional Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of undisclosed injuries.
Fortunately no one on the bus was injured in the accident.
School Bus Accidents
School buses take millions of children to and fro school and are one of the safest ways for children to travel.
During the 10 year period from 2001 to 2010, there were 1,236 fatal school transportation-related accidents which accounted to 0.34% of the total of all fatal motor vehicle accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2010 there were 129 people killed in school transportation related accidents and of those, only 12% were occupants of the school vehicle including six drivers and 10 passengers. When you realize that there are approximately 10 billion student trips every year, they are very safe vehicles. Another way of looking at school accident data is that there are 0.2 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in school buses compared with 1.5 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles for cars.
School buses have many safety upgrades including warning light, tall seats, thick padding and strong internal structures. School bus drivers are held to a high standard as to training and physical well-being.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents including school bus accidents, metro bus accidents and airport shuttle bus accidents. For more information, see King County Transit Bus Accidents for information on legal assistance for people seriously injured in metro bus accidents.
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