A school bus loaded with 25 students of Ashton Elementary School was involved in an accident in Sarasota on Tuesday, January 15.
According to the Sarasota County School Board, the accident happened at approximately 3:09 p.m. as the bus was taking children home from the school day. It was heading west on Wilkinson Road when a truck that was heading south on McIntosh Road reportedly blew through a red light and collided with the bus.
Representatives from the Sarasota County Government Emergency Services said there were no injuries to report in the crash, but two parents did opt to take their children on the bus to a hospital as a precaution. Police continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Traffic violations often indicate liability
Anyone riding on a bus who is injured due to the actions of a negligent driver may be able to seek monetary compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and other damages. Although it can sometimes be difficult to prove negligence on the part of a driver, the process becomes a little easier if that driver committed a clear traffic violation before or during the crash.
In this particular case, for example, the fact that the truck ran a red light was likely the cause of the accident. It would not have occurred if the driver had obeyed the traffic signal and stopped at the red light at the intersection.
For further guidance on proving liability after an auto accident and seeking compensation for damages, work with a skilled Sarasota personal injury attorney at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh.