One morning after the next, a first grade girl crossed a residential road mid-block in order to meet her school bus.
Unfortunately, during the 2012 school year, she was struck by a vehicle when attempting to cross the street. Subsequently, she was thrown 70 feet into the air before landing. This lead the young girl to go into cardiac arrest several times.
The girl, who was six years old at the time of the accident, was in a coma for three months. Furthermore, she suffered a traumatic brain injury along with fractures to her pelvis, leg, arm and neck. This resulted in the need for a wheelchair and 24 hour care.
After five years of waiting, the girl was recently awarded $36.1 million by a San Bernardino jury.
The jury ruled that Durham School Services, the school bus company, and one of its drivers were negligent because they never notified the San Bernardino City Unified School District about the need for the girl to cross the street to catch the bus.
It took five weeks for the jury to reach a verdict, during which several mothers testified that they jaywalked regularly in front of the bus to reach the stop.
These are the types of stories that show that school bus stops are not always as safe as they should be. It also shows that there are times when people, such as a bus company and bus driver, could make a difference. When they neglect to speak up, they place others at rick.
When a child is injured as the result of negligence by another party, there’s always the possibility that the victim could receive compensation.
Source: Los Angeles Times, “Girl struck by car as she walked to ‘unsafe’ school bus stop awarded $36.1 million by San Bernardino jury,” Alene Tchekmedyian, Sep. 22, 2017