A pickup truck struck three children who were about to board a school bus between Bowling Green and Wauchula. One of the children was airlifted to a hospital in Tampa, and the other two children sustained injuries due to the auto accident.
According to Florida Highway Patrol, an elderly man was traveling east on State Road 62 at about 7:30 a.m. The school bus was stopped and waiting for students to load the vehicle. Its lights were flashing at the time. The 69-year-old driver from Bowling Green said that he was confused by the lights and believed that they were originating from nearby U.S. 17. The man finally realized the purpose of the lights and swerved to avoid rear ending the back of the bus.
Due to the man’s manuevering of the vehicle, he went on the shoulder and hit the three children who were waiting to get on the bus. The oldest child who was hit was flown to a hospital for treatment of critical injuries. The two other children were also transported to an area hospital and sustained minor injuries.
Miami personal injury lawyers may be able to help in situations like this one. They may be able to conduct an investigation into the car crash or retain the services of a professional knowledgeable in crash reconstruction. These steps may help the personal injury lawyer determine if negligence contributed to the cause of the accident. For example, a car accident lawyer may discover that a driver was texting and driving, drinking while driving or distracted. He or she may be able to pursue compensation on behalf of the accident victim to help pay for medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, lost enjoyment of life and pain and suffering.
Source: WTXL, “FHP: Man swerved to avoid school bus, hits three students”, October 24, 2013