In Moore County, NC, a third grader from Robbins Elementary School was hit by a pick-up truck while he was getting on his school bus. The car accident took place around 6:30AM.
NC Bus Accident
The truck was slowing down as the driver, Billy Joe Brinkley, saw the bus' flashing lights, but didn't see the 8-year-old boy, Slayton Maness. Brinkley won't be charged for the accident. Maness was taken to the intensive care unit at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill where he is in stable condition. The wreck prompted Robbins Elementary School to send a letter home to parents telling them about the car accident.
NC Bus Stop Safety
North Carolina families concerned about school bus stop safety can reinforce rules for their children to follow:
- Tell children to walk/stay in groups when at the bus stop. Drivers are more likely to notice a group of children than a single child.
- Try to accompany them to the bus stop.
- Educate children on the appropriate side of the street to walk on: Facing traffic, on the sidewalk or, if not available, as close to the edge of the road as possible.
- Always cross the street in front of the bus and stay 10 steps away from all sides of the bus.
- The most overstated and important traffic safety rule: Always look both ways.
Bus Accident Attorneys Raleigh
If your child or a child you know was injured in a school bus accident, our accident attorneys will review your case and explain what types of compensation you are entitled to. School bus accident lawyers in our Raleigh, Fayetteville and Dunn offices know the complicated traffic laws that apply to accidents on and off school property. Contact one of our personal injury attorneys at 800.849.5931.