A school bus was recently involved in an accident. Reportedly, 12 students and the bus driver suffered injuries on the way to a Texas elementary school. None of the car accident injuries are considered to be life-threatening.
The bus was traveling to Clift Elementary in the early morning hours when the accident occurred. According to reports, the accident was caused when the driver of the bus became distracted while monitoring children who were at the back of the bus. The driver purportedly ended up veering off the road, which caused the vehicle to roll over.
Out of the 19 children on board, 12 of them were injured and transported to area hospitals for treatment. It is believed that one of the children suffered a broken arm and all of the injuries to the other children and the bus driver are considered to be non-life threatening. It's not known if authorities plan on charging the bus driver and no other details about this incident has been reported.
A car accident involving a school bus is not a frequent occurrence, but it does happen. Undoubtedly, the children who were injured are experiencing a great deal of pain and suffering and the parents may be wondering what their next course of action is. The parents of the injured children may have the right to file personal injury claims against the driver of the bus and any separate owner of the vehicle, including the school board. The civil court system in Texas may award damages on behalf of the children if evidence demonstrates the driver acted in a reckless manner that caused or contributed to the injuries.
Source: Dallas Morning News, "12 children injured in Ellis County crash involving Waxahachie ISD bus", Naheed Rajwani, Sept. 2, 2014