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Pair of Palm Beach school bus accidents a reminder of dangers faced by motorists and passengers

The bus driver blamed for a Palm Beach school bus accident has twice been disciplined and has received three speeding tickets in his three years as a bus driver for the school district, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

The 54-year-old driver struck a 17-year-old as he was crossing Seminole Pratt-Whitney Road, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The youth was listed in fair condition at S. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach on Thursday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports more than half of all fatal accidents involving school buses are pedestrian accidents or accidents that occur while a passenger is getting on or off the bus. It is incumbent upon school districts and busing companies to be proactive in protecting the safety and welfare of passengers and the public, and that includes properly monitoring the driving records of bus drivers.

Our Palm Beach injury lawyers note it is the second bus accident in Palm Beach this week. On Wednesday, a school bus was involved in an accident with a car at Boynton Beach Boulevard and Jog Road.

Freeman & Mallard is a personal injury and wrongful death law firm dedicated to helping motorists who have been injured in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and the Port St. Lucie/Fort Pierce areas. Call today for a free consultation. 1-800-529-2368.

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