A recent Texas school bus accident has several people involved requesting the release of a video that allegedly shows a distracted driver. Attorneys claim the school bus video footage would show the Oklahoma elementary school principal using his cell phone while driving students during a field trip in Texas. The school bus crash left 27 passengers injured and many parents and community members wanting answers.
Distracted School Bus Driver
Attorneys involved in the case have asked a judge to order the release of the school bus video from Norman Public Schools. The school bus in question is equipped with video cameras that could help determine the cause of the crash. The Texas Highway Patrol has requested the release of the video as well, as they also suspect the driver was using his cell phone, ultimately causing the crash. The principal has denied the charges made against him and the school district has refused to cooperate.
Dangers of Bus Driving and Cell Phone Use
While the dangers of distracted driving are frequently discussed these days, the specifics of school bus distracted driving might not be as well known. When school bus drivers use their cell phones while driving, they are not only putting their own lives at risk but they are also recklessly putting children’s lives in harm’s way.
Traveling via the school bus system is very common these days. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, more than one million children rely on school transportation each day in the Lone Star State. School bus drivers have a special responsibility to be knowledgeable of the Texas road laws and should be extra cautious and alert while operating these large motor vehicles.
Lubbock School Bus Accident Attorneys
Parents worry enough about their children traveling to and from school safely. Add a dangerous or reckless driver to the mix, and it can be that much more terrifying, as well as traumatic for the child. If you or a loved one has been involved in a school bus accident, contact the accident attorneys at Liggett Law Group for help with your case.