Minnesota State Patrol released a startling video of a near fatal accident involving a semi-truck, a young girl, and a school bus on Highway 23 near Paynesville. It started as an average stop for the bus driver who took all the regulatory precautions, including using the stop arm and flashing lights. As the bus approached its stop, the 12-year-old girl is seen waiting at a safe distance. Seconds later, the video shows an 18-wheeler violating basic truck driver safety standards as it rushes by on the shoulder.
A Near-Miss Caught on Video
The video captures the semi truck speeding around the stopped school bus, almost running over the approaching boarder in the process. The 18-wheeler managed to miss both the girl and the school bus, but still broke multiple truck driver safety laws in the process. It is illegal under any circumstances to ignore school bus signals or to pass on a shoulder. A frightening experience for all involved, there were no physical injuries. The anonymous truck driver never stopped or turned around, but later, once the video went viral, turned himself in to authorities and now faces gross misdemeanor charges.
The Need for Truck Driver Safety
Whether he was simply impatient or didn’t see the bus soon enough to brake, no reason was ever given why the semi-truck driver chose to ignore truck driver safety and put innocent people in danger. The incident did, however, spark widespread conversation concerning truck driver safety. Whether that means truck drivers avoiding the pressures of overdriving or going too long without sleep, obeying truck-specific speed limits, having their truck inspected regularly, or simply giving deference to smaller cars on the road, truck driver safety is key to getting from point A to point B without accident or injury.
Contact the American Injury Attorney Group
Semi-trucks are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road due to their sheer size and weight. An otherwise minor accident can result in fatality or a devastating personal injury over the actions of a fatigued, inexperienced, or reckless truck driver. Other drivers are urged to remain cautious of large trucks by keeping plenty of distance and closely obeying truck driver safety laws. Even the most experienced drivers may not be able to react quickly enough to avoid all accidents under poor circumstances. If you have sustained an injury due to a lack of truck driver safety, contact the American Injury Attorney Group today for a free, no obligation consultation. We can analyze your claim and connect you with an affiliated attorney able to determine who is at fault and file your lawsuit accordingly.
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