On the morning of April 14 at around 7 a.m., students were starting to arrive at Georgia's Chattanooga Valley Elementary School. The school has a circular drive intended for school buses that is in a different area than where parents drop their children off. A 6-year-old boy who was a kindergarten student at the school had just disembarked from one of the buses. Sadly, he was struck by the bus and killed. The school took steps to shield its 460 students from what was going on, including putting the school on a "soft lock down" and covering up the windows so the children were unable to see outside to the driveway. State police and Walker County sheriff's deputies were at the scene and trying to piece together what had happened.
A 43-year-old woman of Forsyth County, Georgia, was killed in a three-vehicle collision on Georgia Highway 9. One of the vehicles involved in the incident was a school bus. The responding deputy said that the woman died at Northside Hospital after the crash. The driver of the other vehicle suffered injuries, but there were no signs of gross negligence on behalf of any of the drivers. Subsequently, authorities did not make any citations.The school bus was waiting to make a left turn at the intersection of Georgia Highway 9 and North Old Atlanta Road. The 43-year-old woman was traveling eastbound on North Old Atlanta Road, and the other driver was headed in the southbound direction. When the two vehicles collided, the 43-year-old woman's vehicle impacted the passenger side of the school bus.
Driving during rush hour creates extra hazards for even the most careful drivers. More traffic on the roads means more opportunities for accidents. A distracted driver can miss things, and the result can be an accident. The hassle and expense of a car accident can be magnified if the accident becomes a hit-and-run. Those who suffer injuries or vehicle damage are forced to deal with their own insurance companies for compensation if the negligent drivers are not caught.
Car accidents are a common occurrence in America, and they can bring serious consequences. But when bicycles and larger vehicles, like trucks or buses, are involved, things can become very dangerous. In worst case scenarios, a fatality could result. If one of your family members suffered a wrongful death, you may be eligible for compensation. Knowing your right is half the battle.