Ohio parents who place their children on a school bus will never expect to receive a call that there was an accident with injuries. However, the danger of a crash happening is very real. These accidents can cause severe injuries and lead to long-term problems for those who have been involved. Even more dangerous is when there are truck accidents with a school bus. People who have been involved in any accident with a truck must make certain that they protect their interests by considering a legal filing.
A trucking accident in which a tractor trailer ran into a school bus sent 13 people for treatment. The accident occurred at around 1 p.m. as the high school students were returning from a field trip. There were 45 students and three adults on the bus. The bus fishtailed after being hit from behind. Fortunately, the bus driver, a 64-year-old man who was taken to the hospital, maintained control and kept the bus on the road. When law enforcement and emergency crews arrived, they investigated and helped those who were injured. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening. The driver of the truck, 55, received citations for failing to maintain a clear distance.
Trucks are a consistent sight on the roads in Ohio and across the country. Their presence is vital - especially during the holiday season - to get items back and forth across the country. Along with that is a certain amount of danger as truckers are sometimes confronted with pressures from the truck company to get their loads to its destination within a certain time frame. That can lead to speeding and ignoring basic trucking laws that are in place for safety purposes. Other issues that can cause a trucking accident are substance use, lack of sleep, negligence, recklessness, speeding, distracted driving and more. Since trucks are so large, an accident can result in major injuries, medical expenses and loss of life.
In this crash, high school students were on a bus after a trip when the bus was hit from behind by a tractor trailer. There were 13 people in total who were taken for treatment. Despite reports than the injuries were not life-threatening, that does not mean that the victims will not face problems because of them. Some of their injuries could take time to manifest and be substantially damaging. To protect themselves, the victims and their families should make sure to speak to a legal professional experienced in pursuing compensation after truck accidents.
Source: mansfieldnewsjournal.com, "School bus vs. semi crash reported on I-71," Lou Whitmire, Dec. 8, 2017