October 27, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- North Philadelphia school bus-car collision sends 7 to hospital
Early on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, five students and two adults were injured when an automobile allegedly violated a traffic light and hit a moving school bus full of kids, five of whom were hospitalized with injuries. Witnesses mistakenly believed that the driver fled the scene, but actually she was pinned toward the passenger side of the vehicle so tightly that rescue personnel had to cut into the vehicle to free her.
Both the driver of the car and her passenger were also hospitalized in stable condition, according to 6abc.com.
The collision is under investigation by authorities.
Negligence per se
In a Pennsylvania motor vehicle accident
, if a driver violates state traffic law by disregarding or not paying attention to a traffic signal, his or her action may be considered "negligence per se," meaning that the illegal act would automatically be found to be evidence of negligence in a lawsuit.
Bases for driver liability
Other types of driving behavior that can show negligence or recklessness include driving after drinking alcohol or taking drugs, or engaging in distracting behavior behind the wheel like texting or eating.
Consult legal counsel
It would be important for a car accident victim to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the mishap so that legal counsel could launch an investigation on behalf of the injured party. Witnesses' memories will become less clear with time, and physical evidence may disappear.
A skilled lawyer can also assist by dealing with the involved insurance companies on behalf of his or her client. A knowledgeable attorney will be able to negotiate with the insurers and assist the victim in deciding whether to pursue a settlement of the claim, or proceed to a trial of the matter in a personal injury lawsuit.
Money damages may be recoverable for losses like past or future lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical expenses. In the case of catastrophic harm
like a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, additional damages may be available like those for rehabilitation or therapy expenses, modifications to home or vehicles, medical equipment and more.
In the tragic event that a Pennsylvania accident causes the death of a passenger, driver, cyclist or pedestrian, legal counsel can advise the victim's family about their options for recovery such as a possible wrongful death
lawsuit, in which additional damages may be available such as loss of companionship, loss of future support and funeral expenses.
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