Two Crashes Involving Tampa School Buses

Four students were transported to an area hospital after an auto accident involving a school bus in Tampa’s Palm River area Thursday morning.

The crash happened on Palm River Road near 50th Street just after 7 a.m.  The bus was heading to Dowdell Middle School.  The injuries were not serious.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said the bus hit a van, knocking the van on its side.   The crash briefly blocked eastbound Palm River Road.

This is the second accident involving a school bus this week. Across town, a school bus was hit from behind but was not carrying any students.

We often think school buses are safe, but how safe can they be without safety belts? Every time there is an auto accident involving a school bus, people ask about installing seat belts on school buses. The law requires seat belts to be worn in automobiles and how many times are we reminded to keep our seat belts fastened on airplanes.  Why do we not provide the same level of concern and protection to school children, as they travel by bus twice a day, 180 days a year?

The law firm of Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes has handled thousand of cases involving personal injury. If you are ever injured in an auto accident please call us for a free consultation.

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