Failure to notice and stop for a school bus letting off students appears to have led to a pedestrian accident in Virginia Beach, VA, that sent a teen girl to the hospital with injuries. The crash occurred on Diamond Springs Road on the afternoon of February 4, 2015.
The unnamed victim is a student at Tallwood High School, She is expected to recover.
News reports indicate that the at-fault driver swerved to the right immediately before hitting the teen. The person behind the wheel apparently could not stop in time to avoid a rear-collision with another car that had seen and heeded the flashing warning lights and extended stop sign of the Virginia Beach Public Schools Bus. That description raises questions about whether the person who ran into the student had been speeding, become distracted or experienced some sort of health emergency or equipment malfunction.
Investigators will have to sort through all the facts to find an explanation for why the accident happened. No charges had been filed by the following morning. Even if the driver is not cited for violating a traffic law, however, the parents of the injured teen may have grounds for filing claims against the driver's insurance for the reimbursement of medical expenses. Civil liability differs significantly from criminal responsibility. Speaking with a lawyer who has experience representing both pedestrians and injured minors could help the family understand their legal rights and options.