School bus drivers have an important responsibility. They are trusted to take Oklahoma’s children to and from school safely, and so they must undergo background checks and driving tests. Unfortunately, school buses must share the road with other people who are not so careful, and so school buses can be involved in an accident with a negligent driver.
One recent accident in Sand Springs involved a school bus and a pickup truck driver. According to reports, the bus was transporting approximately 50 children home from Limestone Elementary School. A trailer that had been hitched to the pickup truck came loose and was then hit by the school bus. Police said the pickup driver fled the scene.
According to reports, a number of children were thrown forward due to the collision. One child suffered a neck injury.
Authorities said do not believe the bus driver was speeding when the accident occurred. School officials said they would investigate the incident, but were confident that the school bus driver was not at fault for the accident. As of this writing, the police were still looking for the pickup driver.
Passengers who are injured in a bus accident may face medical expenses and other damages. If the accident was caused by another party’s negligence, the injured may be compensated for their damages through a personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury lawsuit involving a bus can present complicated legal issues. If a bus driver is found to be at fault for the accident, the driver may be held liable, but often so too may the driver’s employer. Another complicating factor is the fact that buses, trains and similar vehicles are subject to special laws and regulations.
Accidents involving drivers who flee the scene can also present difficult issues. Obviously, it is difficult to get a driver to compensate the injured for their damages if the driver cannot be found. However, fleeing the scene of an accident is against the law, and fleeing the scene may be used as evidence to establish fault. What’s more, police have many ways to track down hit-and-run drivers.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident and you wish to find out how personal injury law may apply to your circumstances, a good first step is to discuss your case with a qualified attorney. Attorneys can help you understand your legal options.
Source: Tulsa World, “Sand Springs school bus hits nhitched trailer,” Stacy Ryburn, Jan. 30, 2016