Allowing your children to take the bus to and from school requires some level of trust. You are entrusting your child’s life to the bus driver. A recent accident involving a school bus in Wisconsin shows that parents should still be concerned as their child rides the bus.
The accident happened when the school bus hit a tree limb. The limb damaged the roof of the bus. It also busted out windows on the bus. While all the children were wearing seat belts at the time of the motor vehicle accident, one child suffered injuries. Those injuries were classified as minor and no one was taken to the hospital.
Parents of the Keller Elementary School Head Start Program students were notified of the accident. They were given the option of taking the students home who were on that bus.
As is normal procedure, the bus driver will be tested for drug and alcohol impairment. The cause of the accident is being investigated. The Wisconsin State Patrol is inspecting the bus to determine if there were mechanical issues that might have contributed to the accident.
While it appears that no students were seriously injured in this accident, there is a chance that any injuries present might not manifest right away. Children might suffer from pain and aches that may necessitate medical treatment.
Anytime that a child is injured in a school bus accident, there is a possibility that the parents might have the right to seek compensation for medical bills and other expenses related to the accident. Knowing about the various claims might help the parents to decide how to proceed.
Source: GreenBayPressGazette.com, “Student injured in bus accident on Green Bay’s west side” Patti Zarling, May. 06, 2014