A three-vehicle crash injured three school bus students and left one driver dead this morning. According to law enforcement officials, the crash happened when one driver’s car swerved slowly across the median line and into the oncoming lane of vehicles. Despite both drivers’ attempts to avoid the wreck, the car hit the bus head-on.
Authorities have not said what happened to cause the driver to cross into oncoming traffic. However, based on the facts and the officers’ descriptions of the wreck, this could have likely involved drowsy driving. A lot of attention has focused on drowsy driving in the wake of recent reports detailing the enormous number of fatal accidents attributed to drivers falling asleep behind the wheel-and this school bus accident is a perfect example of why this discussion is so important.
Some of the most notable facts include that the crash happened around 7:30 a.m. This would have been in the middle of most Texans’ morning commute to work. The fact that the driver apparently drifted slowly into oncoming traffic is another telltale sign.
Of course, in any car accident case, the investigation into what went wrong must involve much more than educated guesses based on that “apparently” happened. That is why it is so important to consult with an experienced personal injury law firm after a crash.
Source: KHOU.com, “Driver killed, 3 students hurt in East Texas bus crash,” Associated Press, May 22, 2013