An accident involving a school bus and pickup truck injured one person the morning of Monday, January 14. The bus was taking children to a local elementary school, Abel Elementary, but only three students were aboard at the time of the crash.
The accident reportedly occurred on 14th Street West, at the intersection of 66th Avenue West. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 76-year-old man from Lakewood Ranch was driving his 2015 Hyundai Tucson northbound in the center lane of U.S. Highway 41, approaching the intersection of Florida Boulevard, when he drifted into the left lane. The school bus was stopped facing south in the center “continuous left turn lane,” waiting to turn onto 66th Avenue.
The truck continued drifting into the continuous turn lane and collided with the left front of the bus before spinning counterclockwise and coming to a stop in the left and center northbound lanes of U.S. 41.
The Tucson’s driver was critically injured and transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. A 46-year-old passenger on the bus also reported minor injuries. Fortunately, none of the children were injured.
Liability in school bus accidents
A school bus accident can be especially frightening, as most buses are transporting dozens of children who often are not wearing seatbelts. Determining liability comes down to who or what was at fault for the crash. If it was the bus driver, the injured minors’ parents or guardians would likely seek damages against the bus company or school district, depending on which entity owns the bus.
In other circumstances, plaintiffs may need to file a claim against another party. Looking at this recent example, it appears that the driver of the SUV was at fault for the crash.
To learn more about your options after suffering a serious injury due to someone else’s negligence, speak with an experienced Bradenton personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh.