Nine children were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a truck rear ended a bus on January 21, 2016 and pushed it into the semi-trailer ahead of it. The accident occurred on Green Bay Road near Major Avenue in Beach Park and 56 children needed to be evaluated by school officials before being sent home with their parents. Children being transported on buses tend to be more vulnerable in the event of an accident due to limited protection and a lack of restraints. Many of the injuries suffered are the result of children striking the seat ahead of them or falling to the ground following a sudden jolt.
Truck Driver Subject to Multiple Citations
Authorities discovered that the driver responsible for the accident had failed to reduce his speed prior to the collision and has multiple citations for speeding on his record. He was cited for failure to provide proof of insurance and not having a driver’s license on him at the time of the accident. It is unclear whether he using the vehicle for the purpose of work at the time of the accident. His employer may share liability for failure to ensure that he was in compliance with all applicable driving and work laws prior to being allowed to work.
Children Suffered Whiplash-Like Injuries
The accident resulted in two different impacts— the first from the bus being struck from behind and the second from its collision with the truck ahead. Children were thrown forward and then snapped backward in these subsequent impacts and the nine children taken to the hospital suffered from injuries to the back and knees. Whiplash is difficult to diagnose without a thorough evaluation because it often remains asymptomatic for a short period before the symptoms begin to surface.
Common Causes of Truck Related Accidents
Many serious accidents involving commercial trucks could be prevented and the truck drivers at fault are often in violation of traffic or work laws at the time of their accidents. The most common causes of these types of accidents include speeding, driving too fast for conditions, driver fatigue or distraction, the influence of drugs and alcohol or poor vehicle maintenance. The companies employing negligent truck drivers often share fault in these accidents because their policies and tight deadlines motivate drivers to take whatever measures they deem necessary to make it to their destinations on time.
This results in forged hours of service logs, speeding, driver fatigue and driving much faster than conditions would allow. When the lives of our children are at risk due to the careless actions of others, it is fully within our rights to seek justice. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC works on behalf of those who have been injured due to the irresponsible behavior of others. If you or a family member has been injured in an accident contact us today to learn more about your legal options and what we can do for you.
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