A police investigation has revealed that a bus driver, transporting 40 students for the Hiawatha School District in Kansas, reportedly failed to stop at a road sign, causing the bus to roll over and slide down an embankment. Twenty-two students were injured when the bus rolled over. None of the injuries were deemed as life-threatening by authorities. Parties injured in bus accidents may be eligible to seek compensation for their injuries with the assistance of a Kansas personal injury lawyer.
If you have been injured, or a loved one killed in a bus accident, contact Attorney Group for Kansas today to learn more about your options. We can answer your questions in a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation. If you decide to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated bus accident attorney.
Report: School Bus Not Equipped With Seat Belts
Twenty-two students are recovering from the single vehicle accident involving the school bus. KSN reports that the bus, which wasn’t equipped with seat belts for riders, ran off the east side of US-73 highway, slid down a steep embankment and rolled one time, coming to rest on its wheels in a field. Immediately after the crash was reported, emergency personnel from various locations in northeast Kansas responded to the scene to treat the injured children and the driver. Ambulances took 21 students and the school bus driver to area hospitals. Some of the ambulances transported up to six students at a time but there are no reports of life-threatening injuries.
The November 2015 accident happened in the early morning hours and in all there were 40 students from the Hiawatha School District on board. The students ranged in age from high school down to elementary school ages. The bus rolled over after the driver was trying to make a left turn onto a highway and a preliminary investigation of the bus showed that the bus had no mechanical issues and that the crash reportedly occurred because the bus driver ignored the stop sign, a police official stated. It is unknown whether the bus driver will face any criminal charges, the website reported.
A Kansas Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help People Injured in Bus Crashes
Bus companies and their drivers have a duty to maintain and operate buses in safe manner. When they fail to do this, and a bus accident causes injury or death, injured parties may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income or ability to work
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish resulting from the injury
If a bus accident causes the death of a person, his or her family members may be able to pursue compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one. Wrongful death damages can include:
- Loss of relationship or a loved one’s financial support
- Mental anguish, and pain and suffering from the loss of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
People who have been injured in a bus accident are advised to seek a qualified Kansas bus crash attorney to help them protect their legal rights.
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If you have been injured, or a loved one killed, in a bus accident, contact Attorney Group for Kansas for more information. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at [email protected].
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