PHILADELPHIA – At least 20 Philadelphia children were taken to a hospital as a precaution after a school bus struck a car Thursday morning, police said. Their school bus was hit by a car and the children were all transported to the hospital for check-up.

The students were delivered to St. Christopher’s Hospital and no one was suffering from serious injuries, according to hospital personnel. The driver, too, was not injured. At 8:20 that morning, the bus rear-ended a car about 8:20 A.M. in northeast Philadelphia, police said.

Some 24 million students are carried by buses and collectively travel more than 4 billion miles every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, deaths on the road in school buses are extremely rare. School buses have a rate of 0.2 deaths per 100 million miles traveled. The rate of deaths in automobiles is eight times higher. But it is surprising to know that federal law does not require seat belts on most school buses. Every time a school bus accident happens, lawmakers are inflamed and continue the long-running controversy over making seat belts mandatory. Some states, like New York, New Jersey, and Florida require all school buses to be equipped with seat belts. Even Florida have their own laws requiring lap belts on all school buses, but not belts that go over the shoulder and lap. Individual school districts elsewhere may choose to have seatbelts on their buses as they see fit.

Car Accident victims may be entitled to financial compensation for pain and suffering in addition to economic damages.

Please consult with an experienced  car accident lawyer.

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