A crash between a Head Start program's minibus and an SUV in Chesapeake, Virginia (VA), sent two preschoolers and three adults to hospitals with injuries. The collision occurred at the intersection of Battlefield Boulevard and Hanbury Road at around 9:30 am on March 7, 2016.
News reports do not include details on who police believe caused the wreck, noting only that the incident was under investigation. Since the crash happened at an intersection controlled by stop lights, investigators will need to determine whether either driver ran a red light, turned without right of way, crossed into the path of the other vehicle or did not slow or stop in time to avoid the collision. Figuring out which driver was at fault matters greatly for filing insurance claims and ensuring that the appropriate person is held liable for inflicting injuries.
The parents of the children hurt in the crash, especially, need answers. Unexpected medical bills, time off from work to care for injured children and other crash-related expenses are subject to compensation. While the investigation continues, the parents may want to request a free consultation with a Virginia personal injury lawyer who has experience helping victims of bus accidents. A consultation could help them understand what information they must collect in order to make insurance claims, evaluate settlement offers and obtain payment.