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School Bus Stop Accidents May Be Deadly – Woman is Killed in South Carolina

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School Bus Stop Accidents May Be Deadly – Woman is Killed in South Carolina

As a parent of young children, I am always concerned to read about school bus stop accidents. The zone around a school bus when it stops to pick up children should be a safe place. Drivers must stop behind and in front of a bus which has its red lights on and its stop arm up.

Sadly, a fatal crash in South Carolina has served as a reminder that drivers don’t always follow this important rule.

A report on WAVY.com stated a mother was hit and killed on Monday morning after her child boarded a school bus in Anderson County, South Carolina, officials said.

This accident occurred at about 6:40 a.m. My thoughts are with the family of the mother who lost her life.

According to coroner Greg Shore, the woman’s 16-year-old Crescent High School student got on the bus. The student’s mother was talking to the bus driver in a travel lane when she was hit by a man on his way to work.

The 46-year-old mother from Starr died at the scene of the accident from blunt force trauma.

School bus stop accidents can be deadly

a school bus in Chesapeake

South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Hovis said the victim was hit by a vehicle traveling west on First Avenue. The mother was later identified as Kerri Mullins. The coroner said fog was a factor in the fatal accident.

The driver is a 38-year-old man from Starr. He suffered minor injuries and was taken to AnMed Hospital. Investigators were reported to be reviewing school bus footage. No details were available on possible charges.

School Bus Stop Accidents – The Dangers

Every year, an average of almost 140 people are killed in school transportation-related crashes, and hundreds more are injured. When we are talking about school bus crashes, the safest place to be is on the school bus.

Children and their parents are in the greatest danger when buses and picking up students and offloading them.

School bus stop accidents may be caused by inattentive drivers who fail to see a bus that’s stopped. Drivers should also look out for children crossing the road to get to school bus stops.

These kinds of accidents are heartbreaking. In the winter when mornings and nights are darker, you should exercise extreme safety in and around bus stops.

Contact our Hampton Roads bus accident injury lawyers at (757) 455-0077 or read our top school bus safety measures.

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John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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