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Will Faster School Busses = Safer Roads?

a group of kids getting onto a yellow school bus Sick of Being Stuck

There’s a push in the North Carolina House to help school busses go faster, courtesy of first-year legislator, Mark Brody. Brody is sick of being stuck behind busses going well below the speed limit, especially on the interstate, and he believes they pose a dangerous problem to drivers around them.

The current NC state law caps the speed at 45 miles per hour for any busses carrying children. For cars surrounding the bus going 60 miles per hour or faster, this speed cap can cause delays and even accidents.

Concerns Voiced

One concern is when there are patches of jammed traffic, like those often surrounding school buses, accidents can easily occur from drivers not adjusting their speed in time to avoid rear-ending the slower or stopped cars – all it takes it one distracted driver to cause a pile-up.

A secondary concern is that vehicles approaching a slow-moving school bus are more likely to swerve into the left lane in an attempt to pass. This acceleration and brake behavior in high-speed environments can increase the probability of an ill-timed left lane veer and result in a variety of accidents.

Brody’s Bill

For those who see slow-moving buses as a hazard, it’s a necessity to increase the buses’ speed to fit in with the general flow of traffic. Although the drivers are allowed to exceed the 45 miles per hour cap when children are not on board, the majority of buses are engineered not to exceed 45 miles per hour, even if the driver wanted to. Brody’s bill would increase the school buses top speed to 55 miles per hour.

It’s unknown whether changing the speed limit for busses will affect the safety of the children on board. According to Brody, statistics are difficult to compile, because accidents resulting from these types of situations don’t typically involve the bus itself. However, surrounding states cap their busses’ speeds at 55 and even 60 miles per hour.

If You’ve Been Hurt

If a negligent driver has injured you, or a loved one, contact an attorney to discuss your case today. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078. Learn why hiring a North Carolina car accident lawyer is important.