Children are some of the most vulnerable members of our society and parents do their best to protect their kids. But unfortunately, parents cannot be around every minute of every day and must enlist some outside help. Many parents in Phoenix trust school buses to take their kids to and from school every weekday without a second thought.
Most of these trips occur without incident and the kids on board make it to school and home without a problem. But for some parents, a bus trip turns into a nightmare when a school bus accident takes place. Hundreds of these collisions happen every year and many of them result in injuries to the children on board as well as any adults or drivers who may be riding the bus. Injuries to a child can be difficult to determine because some injuries can last mere days while others may affect the child for a lifetime. To enable these victims to obtain relief, Arizona law and the laws in Phoenix entitle these victims and their family members to bring a civil claim for their losses. Relief can be sought to cover any damages from medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses that may occur. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in the Phoenix area may help you understand your rights if your child has been hurt in a school bus accident or if a collision has affected your life.
Wednesday afternoon turned scary for nearly 40 children on board a school bus in Gilbert. At approximately 1:50 p.m., a school bus and a private bus designed to carry kids crashed near the intersection of Recker Road and Guadalupe. The front end of the school bus, carrying a driver and approximately 40 children, struck the front and passenger side of a second bus carrying only an adult driver.
Police responded to the scene and limited traffic in the area. There were no reports of serious injuries among the children and neither driver was believed to be hurt, either. Investigators have not disclosed the suspected cause of the impact but have confirmed that they are reviewing all facts at this time.
No parent can watch their children 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so it becomes necessary to enlist assistance of others. Unlike babysitters or household helpers, parents rarely have a choice of who drives the bus their children will take to school or what type of driver that operator will be. Safety should always be the primary concern when children are involved and that includes bus rides to and from school.
When a bus accident takes place in the Phoenix area, it is often due to a mistake or an error on the part of one or more drivers involved. Parents of injured children can obtain help to seek the relief they deserve by speaking with a personal injury lawyer and learning about their options. In the majority of bus crashes, relief is possible.
The personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. believe in fighting for victims and we focus our practice around representing those who have been hurt by others. If your child or loved one was involved in a school bus accident and was harmed, let us help you. We offer a free case consultation without any obligation to those who call us toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191 and we offer the consultation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If a collision, like a school bus crash, has altered your life, do not suffer in silence. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. now and let us fight for the relief your family deserves.
Prior Blog Entry:
4 People Hurt after Phoenix Car Accident, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published December 4, 2014.
Gilbert police investigating school bus crash, by Brian Pryor, Fox 10 Phoenix, published December 4, 2014.