A school bus accident last Friday in Durham, NC resulted in students being transported to the hospital with personal injuries. According to a statement released by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, at approximately 3:45 p.m., as the school bus was traveling on East Geer Street, near Summerlin Road, a Buick slammed into the bus, sending it partially into a ditch on the side of the road.
According to one witness, the school bus was leaning over so far that some of the children fell off their seats on top of other children and other seats. The witness told police he disconnected the batter in the school bus because it was smoking after the crash and he and his wife helped get the children off the bus.
The 46-year-old driver of the Buick was charged with careless and reckless driving, driving left of center, driving with a fake registration, driving with a revoked license, and driving with no insurance.
School Bus Accidents
Millions of children ride school buses every day in this country. The majority of these children arrive home safe and sound at the end of each day, but sometimes there are incidents that do happen. When they do occur, they can be tragic.
School bus accidents can cause a myriad of injuries, depending on how serious the crash is. Even the most minor of crashes can leave a young child with physical injuries and emotional trauma.
When a child is injured in a school bus accident or any other type of accident, the party who is liable for that accident could also be liable for damages the child sustains due to their injuries, just like any accident victim. There are differences between a personal injury claim involving a child and one involving an adult. This is why it is important to have a North Carolina personal injury attorney working for your family, dealing with the insurance company while you focus on caring for your child and helping them recover.
Contact a North Carolina Personal Injury Attorney for Assistance
If your child has been involved in a school bus accident, the first thing you should do is have them checked out by a medical professional to determine if they have been injured and to what extent. Even if you think the injuries are only minor, it is important to have them evaluated. It is not uncommon for symptoms of injuries to remain hidden for several days or even weeks following an accident. This can lead to serious medical issues.
Whether the school bus accident your child was injured in was the cause of the school bus driver, another driver, defective bus parts, or some other party, our personal injury law firm can help. Call Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp today to schedule a free consultation with one of our dedicated North Carolina school bus attorneys to find out what legal recourse you may have for your child’s injuries.