Packed School Bus Crashes into Florida Home

Putting your child on a school bus may be the safest way to get your child to school. School buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in preventing crashes and injuries. However, despite the heavy regulations placed on school buses, South Florida school bus accidents still happen. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2006 to 2015, there were 1,313 fatalities in school transportation-related crashes, or around 131 fatalities per year. A school transportation-related crash was defined as a crash that involved a school bus, or a non-school bus functioning as a bus, transporting children to or from school or school-related activities. There were 301 school-age children killed in school transportation-related crashes, 54 of whom were occupants of school transportation vehicles. In addition, of the school-age fatalities in school transportat...

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Florida Crash Highlights Lack of Enforcement of Agricultural Transportation Laws

Every person on the road has to be wary of other drivers, especially those drivers who are fatigued and may not be safely operating a vehicle. A recent news article highlights the dangers associated with the transportation of agricultural workers, a danger all Florida drivers face. In a Florida auto accident involving a truck and a bus, four people were killed in an early morning collision near St. Marks. According to federal investigators, the crash highlighted problems with safety regulations concerning the transportation of migrant farmworkers. The crash occurred at around 5:00 AM and was deemed to be the fault of the bus driver. The bus was being driven by a migrant farmworker who had finished a day's work picking crops. Investigators...

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Determining Liability in Florida Left-Turn Accidents

While there are many causes of Florida car accidents, one of the more common driving errors motorists make is misjudging the time they have to complete a left turn when another vehicle is approaching. Indeed, by some estimates, almost one-third of all traffic accidents involve one of the vehicles making a left turn. Generally speaking, the vehicle making the left turn must yield to the motorist traveling straight through the intersection. In the majority of accidents, this rule applies. However, there are situations in which the vehicle traveling through the intersection can lose the right of way. For example, if the driver who is continuing straight through the intersection is traveling at an excessive speed, that driver may no longer be said to have the right of way. In this situation, a driver who attempted to make a left turn in front of another speeding vehicle may not be liab...

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Driver in School Bus Crash that Killed Six Arrested on Vehicular Homicide Charges

Earlier this month in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a school bus crash killed six children and injured dozens more. According to a recent news article covering the investigation following the crash, the driver has been arrested and charged with several offenses, including vehicular homicide and reckless driving. Evidently, the accident occurred after school when the driver should have been taking the children home. However, the location of the accident was not on the driver’s normal route, leaving parents and administrators wondering why the driver changed course. After the collision, the driver exited the bus and called his mother, lamenting the fact that children died in the accident. However, he did not call 911 and report the accident. Investigators t...

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Case Filed by Casino Patron Injured While Boarding Free Shuttle Allowed to Proceed

Earlier this month, an appellate court in California issued a written opinion in a personal injury case brought by a woman who was injured while she was boarding a free shuttle operated by the defendant casino. In the case, Huang v. The Bicycle Casino, the appellate court reversed a lower court’s ruling that had granted the casino’s motion for summary judgment, finding that the shuttle was not a common carrier and that the casino’s duty did not extend to preventing the type of injury the plaintiff sustained. The Facts Huang was a frequent casino patron. As a part of the casino’s marketing strategy, it operated a free shuttle to pick up certain patrons throughout the city at numerous stops. However, the shuttles ran every hour,...

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Insurer Determined to Be Responsible for Victim’s Injuries after School Bus Accident Involving Third Party

Earlier this month, an appellate court issued an interesting opinion holding that an insurance company was liable for injuries sustained by a student who was about to board a school bus that the company insured. Interestingly, the girl was injured as a result of a collision with a third-party vehicle, and there were no allegations that the school bus was involved in any physical accident. However, since school buses are viewed differently from other vehicles, the court determined that liability was present under the facts presented. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Buckley In the case, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Buckley, the plaintiff was a young school girl waiting at the bus stop for the...

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