Earlier this month in Marbury, about 30 miles south of Washington DC, a school bus accident sent several students to the hospital as well as several others. According to a report by Reuters, the accident occurred about a mile away from school, when the school bus rear-ended another vehicle.
After the initial accident, a series of chain-reaction accidents ensued, causing the total number of vehicles involved to increase to five. In all, 16 students were taken to the hospital, and two adult drivers were also taken in with various injuries. The driver of the school bus was one of those taken to the hospital.
Only three of the students reported having any kind of injury, and the rest of the students were taken in merely as a precaution. The exact cause of the accident remains under investigation.
Maryland School Bus Accidents
When we send our children off to school, we are entrusting them to the hands of others. We hope, although we can never be certain, that those hands are capable and treat our students with the respect and care that we do. However, on occasion a school administrator, teacher, or bus driver is negligent in his or her actions, and injuries are caused as a result.
When a student is injured while at school, there may be the possibility of recovering monetary damages to help pay for the student’s injuries as well as for his or her pain and suffering. However, in order to prove this kind of case, the student (or, more specifically, his or her adult parents or representatives) must prove that the school or school employee was somehow negligent. This can be done in a number of ways, ranging from police reports to eyewitness reports and expert testimony.
It is important to keep in mind that liability does not end at the schoolhouse doors. In cases such as the school bus accident discussed above, the driver of the bus, the school district, and potentially the county government may all be potentially liable for the damages caused by the accident. To learn more about school bus accidents, contact a dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney today.
Do You Have a Child Who Was Injured in a School Bus Accident?
If your child was recently involved in a school bus accident in Maryland, you may be entitled to monetary compensation to help cover the expenses involved in his or her medical care. In addition, there may be a separate damages award based on the pain and suffering experienced by your child. To learn more about the laws in Maryland that allow for the innocent victims of bus accidents to recover for the injuries they sustained in an accident, call one of the dedicated attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. The skilled advocates at Lebowitz & Mzhen have years of experience litigating all kinds of personal injury cases, including those arising out of school bus accidents. Call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free initial consultation.
More Blog Posts:
Truck Driver’s Negligent Driving Causes Serious Accident in Hagerstown, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published September 2, 2014.
Williamsport Bicyclist Injured When Hit By Dump Truck, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published October 10, 2014.