According to KATC.com, Louisiana State Police have arrested the 18-year-old woman who was allegedly responsible for the school bus crash that occurred earlier this month. The news source reported that at least two adults and several young children sustained injuries when the woman rear-ended a motorcycle and then a school bus because she was allegedly texting and driving.
The school bus had stopped on Mire Highway near the local elementary school to pick up some students. A motorcycle was stopped behind it, and the allegedly distracted driver drove up behind it in a pickup truck and careened into it.
The force of the impact pushed the motorcycle into the bus. According to investigators, the woman did not try to decelerate before the collision occurred.
The woman sustained minor injuries, and the rider, whom state police later identified as her boyfriend, sustained moderate injuries. Responders airlifted him to a local hospital.
They also transported several injured children to local hospitals for medical care. Police have since charged the motorist with negligent injuring, reckless operation, no seat belt, and texting while driving.
Although this particular collision did not appear to cause life-threatening injuries, some serious car accident injuries do not exhibit symptoms immediately. Once they do manifest symptoms, though, the costs associated with treating them can add up quickly.
If your child was injured in a school bus accident, you may be entitled to compensation to pay for healthcare expenses and other damages. A Lafayette car accident attorney from Laborde Earles Law Firm can evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
For a free legal consultation, call 337-221-9907
Whom Can You Sue Following a School Bus Accident?
Since school bus accidents typically involve multiple injured victims, each of whom will likely end up filing a claim, it is essential to name all potentially liable parties in your lawsuit. This will ensure you can secure the largest settlement possible, and it will prevent you from recovering just a portion of the damages because of a single party’s policy limits.
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you may be able to sue:
- The bus driver;
- The school district;
- The private school, church, or organization that owns the bus;
- The private company that was contracted to provide transportation for the school, church, or organization;
- The third party that was contracted to maintain the bus;
- The manufacturer of the bus or any of its parts;
- The government entity responsible for maintaining the roads; or
- Another motorist who was involved in the collision.
If you or your child was injured because any of the parties listed above breached their duty of care, contact Laborde Earles Law Firm. A Lafayette injury lawyer will handle the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on making a speedy recovery. Call (337) 777-7777 to schedule a free consultation.