One of the reasons why large vehicles are so dangerous is their mass. Recall back in high school physics that force equals mass times acceleration. A heavier vehicle will hit with more force even at a slower speed. This is why bus and truck drivers require special training.
Once they get going, it’s hard to get a heavy bus to stop. One driver has paid with his life after trying to outrun a bus by making a left-hand turn in front of it. WSB reported on the situation.
In Covington, a man tried to make a turn in front of a school bus and failed to make it. He was killed at the scene. Two students on board the bus were injured and treated at the scene. They were released to their families. In total, there were 26 children on the bus at the time of the crash.
Buses may have powerful airbrakes, but if you try to beat a bus it’s like trying to beat a train. You are placing yourself at extreme risk. Worse, because it was a school bus the driver was also placing the lives of children at risk. We hope that the children who were injured recover fully.
This case seems like a clear case of the smaller vehicle at fault from the information we have to go on. But there are cases where buses are driven irresponsibly. If you’ve been hit by a bus and you believe it wasn’t your fault, call the law offices of John Foy & Associates today for a free consultation. We are ready to defend you in court so you can get the compensation you need. Read some of our success stories to learn more about what we can do for you.