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School Bus Was in Neutral When It Injured Another Motorist

School bus drivers really need to pay attention to their driving. This driver left his bus in neutral and injured another motorist.

Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) May 18, 2010

It goes without saying that if someone is driving a school bus, they have a duty of care to

Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyer - Michael Smith

Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyer - Michael Smith

pay attention to what they are doing at all times. They are hauling a lot of potential victims should they become involved in a crash like the one in this case.

No one is quite sure why the bus driver in this instance left his school bus in neutral, other than his own comment later that he forgot it was in neutral. What happened here is that a woman was struck head-on as she was waiting for the school bus to proceed forward just after it let some students off.

The bus driver said he’d had problems with shifting the bus into drive after dropping off a physically handicapped student. At that time, the school bus doors were not closed. He radioed for help to the dispatcher while putting the bus in neutral. The dispatcher told the driver what he needed to do to move the bus forward, and that was make sure the doors were closed first.

The bus driver made sure the doors were closed, but didn’t remember he was in neutral. The end result was colliding with another motorist, who was taken to a local hospital for treatment for her injuries. The rest of the students on the bus were not hurt.

“The first thing that comes to mind here is that the driver of the bus obviously did not have enough experience to be driving a school bus. Whether that means he didn’t have adequate training, which could be inferred from him not knowing how the bus moved forward, or was driving a bus he wasn’t familiar with, the results were an accident that could have been worse than it was,” outlined Michael G. Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Little Rock Arkansas.

“As it stands, the woman who was hit has what appears to be a good case to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover, among other things, any medical expenses associated with her injuries and any damages relating to her car,” added Smith, and Arkansas accident lawyer.

As for the school bus driver, until a further investigation is completed, it may not be clear if forgetting the bus was in neutral was his only transgression. He may have been listening to an MP3, texting while waiting for dispatch to respond or even reading a school bus manual. “Whatever the case may be, there is a good chance he will be found responsible for the woman’s personal injuries,” indicated Smith.

In cases like this, it may be that the motorist was not badly hurt – or at least, that is the way things may ‘look’ on the surface,” explained Arkansas accident lawyer Michael Smith. “However, minor injuries have a way of developing into something much more serious later. This is one good reason to talk to a personal injury lawyer if you have been involved in an accident,” he commented.

Learn more by visiting http://www.arkansaslawhelp.com

Michael Smith
Call: 501.519.4357

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