School buses stop for railroad tracks, even when there are no trains present, in an effort to prioritize the safety of the children on the bus. This means that they often stop unexpectedly, when other traffic would not stop.
In some cases, when drivers are not paying enough attention, this can cause problems. This issue was recently highlighted in an accident in Arizona.
The incident began when a bus reached the railroad crossing and stopped. A local city council candidate stopped behind the bus to wait for it to cross the tracks. However, a Jeep Wrangler behind the candidate did not stop. It slammed into the first vehicle and shoved it directly under the school bus.
Pictures from the scene show that the Wrangler pushed the other vehicle so far that the Wrangler almost hit the bus’s bumper. It is truly a frightening scene. If there is any saving grace, it is that the first car was stopped to the left of the bus. It was driven under the bus, but the driver’s side is not as far under as the passenger side.
The 52-year-old man who was driving that car lived through the accident. He is dealing with serious back pain and wearing a neck brace. He said he’s happy that he lived and that he’s still trying to process the traumatic incident.
Even when you follow the traffic laws perfectly, another driver can cause a serious crash that leads to significant injuries. If this happens to you, make sure you know exactly what legal steps to take as you seek compensation.