When we send our kids off to school, we expect that they are being cared for and protected. However, accidents involving school buses happen far too often and can result in serious and life-threatening injuries to all parties involved.
A typical bus route ends in disaster
Last month in Mesquite, Texas, a school bus was heading to Terry Middle School with 42 students on board, as it did every day. Two miles from the school, the bus began to swerve. It left the road, rolled into a ditch and hit a power line, starting a fire.
The bus “was fully engulfed,” said Donald Hodge, a local man who was on his way to pick up his daughter from another school when he came upon the crash. “It was bad. It was like a house in flames.”
Most of the students made it out of the bus with only minor injuries. But one child lost her life when she was trapped in the bus, still buckled to her seat. Three others were transported to the hospital, along with three police officers who were treated for smoke inhalation.
The remaining students were taken back to Terry Middle School to be reunited with their parents. The school district brought in counselors to help students cope with the aftermath of the accident.
Determining negligence is key
In the wake of a devastating crash like this, there are so many questions. Could this have been prevented? Was there negligence on the driver’s part? Was the bus properly maintained and free of defects?
At Coby L. Wooten, Attorney at Law, P.C., we know how to answer these questions when people have been hurt in a bus accident or any other type of motor vehicle accident. Attorney Coby L. Wooten has helped countless families recover the compensation they deserve for their injuries. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, contact our law office today to schedule a free case evaluation.