School bus drivers are entrusted to safely transport children to and from school, a job that carries an incredible amount of responsibility. However, school bus drivers, like all other motorists, are human and can make mistakes. When a bus driver is involved in a New Mexico school bus accident, an in-depth investigation is nearly always conducted by the authorities to determine if the accident was due in any part to the bus driver’s negligence.
Most of the time, school bus drivers travel the same route day after day, enabling them to become very familiar with the route. Other times, however, a bus driver may be assigned a temporary route, or a construction project requires that a bus driver take a different route. In these situations, it is incredibly important for the bus driver to safely travel the route and follow all posted traffic laws along the way. This may mean slowing down, pulling over, or traveling the route in advance to ensure that the students are safe along the journey.
When a bus driver does cause an accident, and students are injured as a result, the parents of the injured students are entitled to seek compensation for their children’s injuries through a New Mexico personal injury lawsuit.
School Bus Driver Ticketed in Recent Accident
Earlier this month, a school bus driver was involved in an accident when he entered an intersection without properly yielding to a car coming from another direction. According to a local news report covering the accident, the intersection where the accident occurred had recently been constructed.
At the time of the accident, there were 26 students aboard the bus. Thankfully, no students were injured in the bus accident. However, the other two motorists involved in the accident were hospitalized with serious injuries. They have since been stabilized and are expected to make a full recovery.
Evidently, the bus driver was suspended with pay after the accident while an investigation is conducted. Thus far, authorities are confident that alcohol, drugs, or speeding were not among the causes of the accident. At this point, it seems as though the driver’s unfamiliarity with the newly constructed intersection may have been a primary cause of the accident. Since the accident, the school board has entertained the idea of placing seat belts in the district’s school buses.
Has Your Child Been Injured in a New Mexico School Bus Accident?
If your child has been injured in a New Mexico school bus accident, you may be able to obtain compensation for your child’s injuries through a New Mexico personal injury lawsuit. The skilled New Mexico truck accident attorneys at the Fine Law Firm have decades of combined experience helping the parents of injured children recover for their children’s injuries. We know how devastating it can be dealing with an injured child, and we do everything we can to make the recovery process as smooth as possible. Call 5050-889-FINE to schedule a free consultation with an attorney today.
More Blog Posts:
Court Finds Driver’s Act of Waving Plaintiff Forward to Make Left Turn Was Not the Cause of Subsequent Accident, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, August 25, 2017.
Chain-Reaction Truck Accidents on New Mexico Highways, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, September 8, 2017.