There is an expectation that when Maryland children are placed on a school bus they will be safely brought to their destination. While this is the case most of the time, there are also the unfortunate incidents in which motor vehicle accidents happen involving a school bus and children. It is essential that these bus accidents are fully investigated to determine the cause and lay the foundation for a potential legal filing.
Such an investigation is necessary now after a school bus was saved by a guardrail on the Maryland interstate when it was hit by a Jeep Cherokee. The accident occurred at approximately 12:45 p.m. when the Jeep tried to merge with traffic and leave the roadway. It clipped the front of a box truck which sent the Jeep into the school bus. The bus then hit a guardrail and was stopped from going down an embankment. The driver of the school bus and a student onboard were taken to the hospital. The driver of the Jeep, a 73-year-old woman, was given a citation for an unsafe lane change. Law enforcement said that the accident was her fault.
Some crashes have obvious injuries in which people are clearly hurt and hospitalized for surgery, rehabilitation and other treatment strategies. However, a motor vehicle accident often carries with it unexpected consequences even if, in the initial aftermath of the crash, there are not deemed to be serious injuries. People can suffer from pain long after the accident occurred, and an accident injury may not always be immediately apparent. These types of injuries often occur to the back, neck and head. It is especially important to understand this reality when children are involved as injuries from an accident can have long-lasting implications for both the parents and the child.
In the accident discussed above, although the injuries suffered by the people on the bus are said to be minor, it does not necessarily mean they are not entitled to compensation. The severity of these injuries can increase as time passes. For this reason, these victims need to protect themselves with advice from an attorney and the steps to file a lawsuit. After all, a successful lawsuit against a negligent driver could lead to compensation for the damages sufferd by the victim
Source: WJLA, "School bus involved in multi-car crash in Maryland; 3 injured police say," Kevin Lewis, April 12, 2017