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Alpharetta School Bus Accident Sends Elementary Student To The Hospital

Side View Of Bus Stop ArmA school bus accident that occurred last month in Johns Creek illustrates the serious risks that children can face each day that they commute to and from school. According to a report1 published by Patch.com, a bus was transporting children from Lake Windward Elementary school on November 6th when it was T-boned by a commercial truck that was carrying concrete. Reports indicate that the driver of the truck ran a red light and was cited for a traffic violation and that one student was transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

School bus accidents can cause serious injuries

While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates2 that school buses are the safest way to get children to and from school each day, a significant number of kids are injured each year in school bus accidents. These accidents have the potential to leave children with significant injuries, some of which could have a significant impact on their future. Some of the more serious injuries that a child may sustain in a school bus accident include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, soft tissue injuries, burns, and spinal cord injuries. For this reason, it is critical for children involved in school bus accidents to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.

Who can be held liable for a school bus accident?

There are a number of parties that could potentially be held liable after a school bus accident case, including the following:

  • Drivers of other vehicles – Many school bus accidents are caused by the negligence of other drivers.
  • The school district – In situations in which a school bus is operated by an employee of the school district, the district itself could potentially be held liable.
  • The school bus manufacturer – Some school bus accidents are caused by defective buses. In these instances, it may be possible to recover from the company that manufactured the bus.

 

Determining who may be held liable for any injuries or losses sustained in a school bus accident is often an extremely complicated question, so victims or their parents should be sure to have an Alpharetta personal injury lawyer thoroughly review their case.

References:

1 http://patch.com/georgia/johnscreek/driver-suffers-minor-injury-school-bus-accident
2 http://www.nhtsa.gov/School-Buses

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