Anytime anyone is struck by a vehicle, the potential for injuries is great. When that vehicle is a bus, the injuries can be massive if not fatal. In fact, one incident recently unfolded outside of an Indiana elementary school in which a principal was fatally injured and the incident may possibly open the door to a wrongful death suit.
The accident occurred as school was being dismissed. The principal, who had been at the school for 22 years, was with students when a bus jumped a curb and came toward her and the children. The principal reportedly pushed children out of the way before she was struck.
Medics treated and rushed two children to a nearby hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Those children were said to be stable. The principal died at the scene of the incident. Police are still investigating what caused the bus to jump the curb and a fatal alcohol and crash team is involved.
This tragic accident that took the life of the beloved educator and injured two children could lead to a finding of culpability on the part of the bus driver. Dependent on the findings of the investigation, the family of the fatally injured principal in Indiana may have legal options, in addition to workers’ compensation, that can be in their best interests to pursue after they deal with the emotional and difficult loss of their loved one. A wrongful death suit may be appropriate in circumstances such as this and can help the family avoid financial ruin or difficulties after they have already endured such a tragic and unexpected loss.
Source: wzzm13.com, “Bus driver: Struck principal pushed kids to safety“, Jan. 26, 2016