School Bus Runs Over Leg of Georgia Teen
In Lowndes County, a school bus recently ran over the leg of a 14 year old, according to a local news report. Georgia State Patrol reports that the bus accident occurred around 7 a.m. on Dinky Run Road. The 50 year old bus driver had just finished up a stop and was heading on to the next one when a 14 year old ran towards the bus and lost his balance. He tripped and fell, and then the back tires ran over his leg. The teen was transported to the hospital for treatment.
At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our attorneys understand that bus accidents can lead to serious accidents. Buses are commonly involved in pedestrian and traffic accidents. Their large size can inflict considerable damage and their lack of on-board safety measures, such as seat belts, can place riders at risk of injury. In some cases, those injured aboard a bus should be entitled to financial compensation for losses stemming from the accident. Further, any pedestrians struck by a bus should be eligible for compensation from the bus driver or bus company.
School Bus Accidents
When school is in session, school buses abound on Georgia roadways. School buses have a high duty of care to the children they transport. Drivers must drive and operate school buses with extreme caution and stringently adhere to the rules of the road for the protection of children and the public.
School bus owners, drivers and school entities should be held liable for injuries sustained in bus accidents if the driver fails to:
- Monitor a child's safety as he or she crosses the street;
- Operate the bus with the utmost of care;
- Verify that all traffic has stopped before allowing a child to exit the bus; and
- Activate safety measures, including the stop sign and flashing red lights while students board or exit the bus.
Common Bus Accident Injuries
School buses have been criticized for their lack of seat belts and other safety precautions. This lack of safety features can increase the risk of injury for child passengers in the event of an accident. Injuries arising from a bus accident include, but are not limited to:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
Those injured in a school bus accident should be able to seek compensation for the school bus driver, school, or bus company involved. Compensation could include recovery for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.
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If you injured in any sort of accident involving negligence, contact the Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our firm is dedicated to assisting those injured in all manner of traffic accidents across Georgia and in the Southeast and we bring over 39 years of experience to your personal injury case. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.