Seven students were taken to the hospital after a trailer-tractor crashed into the back of a school bus in Bradford County, Florida. The bus driver, the truck driver and the truck passenger were also transported to hospitals following the accident. The impact, thankfully, left no-one critically injured.
The school bus was carrying 15 elementary school students when it was rear-ended.
What made this truck accident more unusual was that female passenger in the semi-truck was naked at the time of the crash, reported FOX News (9.30.14). Troopers gave her a towel to cover up in front of the children.
Why the female passenger in the truck had no clothes on was unreported. One explanation for this could be that she was in the sleeper portion of the cab and was stunned upon impact.
As for the cause of the accident, speed and-or distracted driving could have played a role. Witnesses said the driver of the truck was going about 60 miles per hour when it struck the bus. One witness said the truck driver never hit the brakes. Luckily, the bus driver saw the semi coming in the rear-view mirror and tried to get out the way. She chose to speed up, possibly minimalizing the impact.
Distracted driving occurs when the driver of a vehicle finds his or her attention diverted from the primary task of driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), passengers are a frequently reported cause of distraction for drivers. When a driver is distracted by an occupant in his or her vehicle, this includes conversing with or looking at the passenger. The NHTSA data does not mention whether or not nudity is a frequent distraction for drivers.
Drivers may also engage in distracting activities such as eating and drinking, texting, using a navigation device, or dialing a cell phone. This behavior poses a major threat on roads in New York and across the United States. Distracted driving is one of the top causes of car accidents, but when a distracted driver is behind the wheel of a large and heavy truck, the consequences can be especially catastrophic.
Texting is a top cause of distracted driving accidents. Whenever a truck driver texts, he or she is 23.2 times more likely to be involved in an accident. In response to this danger, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) enacted a federal law to end some forms of distracted driving. The law specifically prohibits commercial motor vehicle drivers from texting while driving and from dialing a hand-held mobile phone by pressing more than a single button.
Lawsuits have been filed against drivers whose distracted driving caused injury to other people. In cases where the distracted driver was an employee on-duty at the time of the accident, lawsuits have also been filed against the employers alleging employer policies may encourage or condone unsafe driving practices.
The FOX News story cited is “Ten hurt after school bus rear-ended by tractor-trailer, female passenger naked.”