School has only been in session a short while and already there have been school bus accidents with injuries. Most recently in Point Pleasant, West Virginia (WV) a tractor-trailer caused a chain reaction crash. The driver of the tractor trailer was behind another tractor trailer who was behind a school bus near the U.S. Route 35 intersection with Cornstalk Road. The second truck driver looked down from the road for a moment and slammed into the tractor trailer in front of him, which hit the bus.
The truck driver’s moment of distraction sent nine children to the hospital. School bus accidents can be quite unique and complex when compared to typical car accidents. Why? Because parents may have to deal with a government official if the bus was owned by a city, and insurance claims representatives. Dealing with children’s injuries in court is different from when an adult is injured as well. Once a settlement has been reached in a car wreck case with injuries to a child, most courts in VA and NC require an infant settlement.
An infant settlement is a procedure wherein the court must approve any personal injury settlement resolving an insurance claim or a lawsuit involving a child. The court normally will not second guess an agreement reached on behalf of the child by the parents, the family’s personal injury lawyer and the insurance company. However, the court wants to make sure that any permanent injuries to the child have been taken into account and that the settlement seems to be fair.
No parent likes to think about a child or teenager suffering a serious injury. But thousands of minors are hurt every day in the United States, and in many instances, the injury was caused by the carelessness of another person or negligence of a company. This is why our Virginia (VA) personal injury lawyers have created a free child injury report for the general public