A dozen Granby High School students required hospital treatment for injuries after their bus flipped onto its side on the morning of November 15, 2016. The bus crash happened at the on-ramp to I-64 just past the intersection of Thole Street and Tidewater Drive.
The bus driver told police that she became temporarily blinded by sun glare just before running up on the side of a Jersey wall. Preliminary charges of reckless driving and failure to maintain control have been filed.
A follow-up report by television station WTKR-3 revealed that 4 percent of Norfolk Public School buses can be expected to be involved in wrecks that leave some injured each year. That places the city's schools well ahead of the 1 percent average for serious school bus accidents across all of Virginia. The investigative report further noted that driver error lay at the heart of almost all bus wrecks.
All of the student injuries suffered in the rollover on Thole Street appear to be minor. That small piece of good news must be tempered by the knowledge that each family whose child went to the hospital now faces unexpected medical bills and at least one day of lost wages. Those crash-related costs may be recoverable through insurance claims filed against the Norfolk school system. Taking on a public agency is never easy, however. Working with a Norfolk personal injury lawyer who has experience helping victims of school bus accidents will help them pursue their claims.