When a Florida parent sends his or her child to school via bus transportation, the parent can reasonably expect that the bus driver will follow traffic laws and drive safely. However, bus drivers and school students may be at risk if a nearby motorist is negligent or reckless and causes a collision. A recent truck accident involved a school bus, resulting in a driver fatality and injuries to numerous students.
Officials say there were 10 students riding on the bus when the crash occurred. A man driving a rental truck struck the bus from behind when the bus driver had stopped so that students could disembark. Officers who responded to the scene say the truck driver got on the bus to help extricate students who were trapped under the rubble after the rear door of the bus was smashed in upon impact.
After engaging in the rescue mission for several moments, the truck driver collapsed and was transported to a nearby hospital. Sadly, he later succumbed to his injuries. Numerous students suffered lacerations, broken bones and other injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
In addition to physical injuries, a victim of a Florida truck accident might also suffer severe emotional turmoil. When collisions involve groups of school students traveling together, school officials often provide counseling services to help children cope with trauma, particularly when someone is killed. A parent of an injured child may pursue justice by filing a claim in civil court against any party or parties deemed negligent in a collision.