11 Children are Injured Near Tampa in Florida School Bus Accident
11 middle school children were taken to hospitals around the Tampa, Florida area last Tuesday morning, after the school bus they were riding in went off the road and ran into the treeline on South Falkenburg Road in Riverview. About 30 kids were on the bus at the time of the accident. Police say that the driver may have struck a curb and lost control of the large motor vehicle. Bus driver Eugenie Schuler, was given a citation for careless driving. The students all study at Giunta Middle School in Riverview. School Bus Accidents According to national data from 2006, some 17,000 school kids are sent to emergency rooms because they were injured in a school bus-related accident. 25% of those accidents occurred while a child was getting on or off the bus. Injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones, disfigurement, and wrongful death. Bus driver error, mechanical failure, speeding, drunk driving, dangerous roads, improper maintenance, and driver negligence are some common causes of school bus accidents. When parents puts their child on a school bus, they very likely have the expectation that their son or daughter is in safe hands. It can be especially traumatic for a child and his or her family when a serious injury results while going to or coming home from school. If your child is injured in a school bus-related collision, you could have grounds for filing a personal injury lawsuit. Injuries to Minors In Florida, you must be 18 years of age or older to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Otherwise, a parent, guardian, or another adult must file the claim for you. This will allow your child to get the compensation that he or she needs for the medical care required for recovery. If your child is injured in a school bus crash, you should speak with a personal injury lawyer first before speaking to the school, the school bus company, or with any insurance companies. A personal injury attorney can apprise you of your rights and prevent you from reaching a settlement that is less than what you deserve and doesn’t take into account all the costs, pain, and suffering associated with your child’s bus injury. School bus driver cited in Riverview crash, Tampabays10.com, September 4, 2007 School bus injuries much higher than thought, MSNBC.com/AP, November 6, 2007 Related Web Resources: In South Florida, the personal injury law firm of The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. can help you with your bus accident case. Our personal injury lawyers have helped many injured children and their families obtain substantial recoveries, and we would be happy to offer you a free consultation to evaluate your personal injury case. Contact The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. today.