Earlier this year, a school bus driver in Belmont, N.C. was charged with reckless driving by the North Carolina Highway Patrol after the driver allegedly overturned the bus with four students on board. The bus was approaching a sharp curve on a wet road and the driver ran off the muddy shoulder, covered with wet leaves, losing control of the bus. Thankfully, according to WCNC.com, no serious injuries were reported.
Unfortunately, not all students in school bus accidents are so fortunate. One such case in California involved a driver who passed out behind the wheel, causing the school bus to smash into a tree while 11 children were on board. That was in 2014. The driver is charged with numerous felonies, including child abuse and endangerment and inflicting great bodily injury. Now, the OCRegister reports the school district has agreed to pay $10 million to the families of five of those children who were seriously injured. Their parents had filed lawsuits alleging the district was negligent in failing to heed warnings signs that the driver suffered from a serious medical condition and was not fit to be driving, let alone be responsible for safety and well-being of children.
There are a few different complicating legal factors in that case, underscoring the need for an experienced injury attorney. Continue reading