Road Rage Incident Leads to 8-Vehicle Accident Involving Pre-K 4 School Bus

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Drivers must follow special laws when sharing the road with a school bus — do you know them?


Road Rage Causes Accident Involving Pre-K 4 School Bus on Highway 90

According to a KSAT News report, a road rage incident caused a major accident near I-35 including a Pre-K 4 School bus today.

Police reported the incident occurred at around 8 a.m. on the inner lanes of Highway 90 near I-35 on the West Side of San Antonio. Bexar County Sherrif’s Office said witnesses told them two vehicles were engaging in a road rage incident when one of them hit the back of the school bus. This caused a chain reaction that involved a total of 8 vehicles, seriously injuring one driver who was taken to the hospital. Other drivers were treated on the scene. No children were in the school bus at the time of the accident, which was on its way to pick children up for a field trip. It is unclear if any charges were filed.

Did You Know?

There are an average of 121 deaths per year in school bus accidents across the nation.

How to Drive Around a School Bus in San Antonio

The school season is coming to a close across the nation, but that doesn’t mean you should slack off on school bus safety in San Antonio.

While some children walk or ride bikes to school, a vast majority take the bus. Precious and irreplaceable lives can be lost when you don’t follow the special laws associated with sharing the road with school buses.

This is the second time in the month of April that a San Antonio school bus has been hit in an accident. Let’s brush up on school bus laws so we don’t carry this trend over into May.

When to Stop, When to Pass: A Review of Texas School Bus Laws

It is illegal in San Antonio (and across the whole of the United States) to pass a school bus if:

  • The school bus has its stop signs out and red lights flashing, or
  • If the school bus is actively loading or unloading passengers, even without flashing lights.

When this happens, both lanes in every direction must come to a complete stop. This is true on a two-way street that is only divided by solid lines or left turn lanes as well. The only time this does not apply is when the bus is stopped on the other side of the street, divided by a grassy or concrete median. But, even in this case, drivers should slow down and proceed with caution as children often display erratic crossing behaviors and are usually distracted by their phones.

You can be fined (and probably will be fined) between $500 and $1250 for violating this law.

What Do Yellow Flashing Lights on a School Bus Mean?

People are often unsure if they need to stop for a school bus flashing yellow lights.

Yellow flashing lights mean the bus is getting ready to stop to load or unload students. So, while you don’t need to stop right away, you should prepare to stop.

Injured in a School Bus Accident? Call Carabin Shaw.

If you or your child were injured in a school bus accident, you could be entitled to significant compensation. We can help you find out for free.

Carabin Shaw has served parents whose children were injured in school bus accidents across Texas for more than 30 years. We’re a trusted name in San Antonio because we put our clients first. Call the firm that cares for your school bus accident injury at 800-862-1260 or use the live chat to schedule your free case evaluation. We look forward to serving you.

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¹KSAT Report

²TDI School Bus Safety Facts

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