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No One Injured After Semi Hits School Bus


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No One Injured After Semi Hits School Bus


Fortunately, no one was hurt after a semi truck struck a school bus in south-central Montana. According to an article featured in the Billings Gazette, Friday afternoon, around 3 p.m., a school bus was driving on Goldie Road to drop off students after school. According to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Brett Riesinger, eight students were still aboard when the bus was hit by a semi-truck driving roughly 45 miles-per-hour on Highway 310.  Riesinger said the driver was temporarily distracted, causing the wreck. 

First of all, we are glad to report on an article where everyone was okay. However, there are still things that can be learned from close calls. Last week, we posted an article on our blog that cautioned against the dangers of distracted driving. In this article, we would simply like to emphasize many of the statements made in that article, as well as present some new information to help drivers avoid distracted driving.

There are three main types of distracted driving: visual, manual, and cognitive. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), visual distraction involves taking your eyes off the road. This behavior might include things like looking at an electronic sign advertising a sale, looking at a house while driving, or something similar. Manual distraction involves physically taking your hands off the wheel. This type of distraction might include something like reaching for something in the back seat, putting your seatbelt on, or sending a text. Cognitive distracted driving can coincide with the other two. This type of driving occurs when you take your mind off of your driving.

All in all, anything which takes your attention off the road is a form of distracted driving. This type of driving can include things like adjusting your navigation system, Reading a text message, or eating are merely a few examples of distracted driving.  According to the CDC, sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for about five seconds, long enough to cover the entire length of a football field if you are driving 55 miles-per-hour!

Unfortunately, the number of distracted driving deaths has been slowly rising over the past few years. The CDC reports that drivers under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of fatal distracted drivers. In 2015, 42 percent of high school students sent a text or email while driving over the last 30 days. These students are also less like to wear a seatbelt, more likely to drink and drive, and more likely to ride with someone who has been drinking.

Distracted driving is never a good idea. It might seem like the pressures of modern life necessitate multi-tasking; however, this is just not true. The email, the text, the breakfast burrito can all wait. If it is an emergency, pull over to the side of the road and send the text/email. This action will not only make you safer; it will make everyone safer. When you drive distracted, it not only endangers you but everyone on the road.

As always, if you were the victim of an accident because of a distracted driver, call The Advocates Law Firm. We are here to answer your questions and help you through the stress of your accident. We have handled thousands of cases just like yours. Our experienced attorneys will help give you peace of mind during this challenging time.


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