During the school year, many Florida parents put their children on school buses. They trust that the driver will ensure the safety of their children as they take them to school in the morning and bring them back home in the afternoon. However, not all school bus rides end this way — some end in motor vehicle accidents.
This was the case for several families of school-aged children on a recent Wednesday morning. At approximately 7:30 a.m. that morning, the school bus stopped in order to pick up more children. Even though the driver activated the bus’s flashing lights to indicate that it was stopped, the driver of a tractor-trailer failed to see the lights in time. The mammoth vehicle careened into the rear of the bus, which sent to off the road where it only came to a stop after rolling onto its side.
There were 39 children on the bus at the time of the crash, and several of them were injured. Two reportedly suffered critical injuries for which they were taken by helicopter to Tampa General Hospital. The other 20 students with injuries were treated and released at local hospital. Fortunately, none of their injuries were considered life threatening, and no one died.
Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol cited the truck driver for careless driving, but that may not be enough for the families of the seriously injured children. Fortunately, they retain the right to file personal injury claims against the driver, and possibly others, in an attempt to seek restitution for the financial losses and other damages sustained in connection with this needless and preventable accident. As is the case in other motor vehicle accidents, the appropriate evidence will need to establish that negligence caused the injuries suffered in order to prevail in such claims.
Source: wsav.com, “Several injured in Florida semi-truck vs. school bus accident“, Dec. 13, 2017