Maryland drivers have been taught to keep an eye out for school buses. When a driver fails to obey the laws about making a proper stop for a bus, there are stiff penalties in place because a child may be injured or killed as he or she gets on or off the bus. The bus driver is responsible for making sure the bus’ stop sign is deployed and lights are flashing until all children are safely out of the street. A recent accident may indicate that a local child was the victim of a distracted driver.
According to preliminary reports, a school bus was driving through a residential area, making frequent stops to let children off of the bus after school. At one stop, the driver let several children off the bus, and the bus driver pulled away to head to the next stop. The driver may have become distracted because the daily routine quickly turned tragic.
A 9-year-old girl was struck and killed by the bus. Police have launched an investigation and are asking for any available information from witnesses. It is unclear why the bus driver hit the child, but it is confirmed that the child was struck in the roadway. Rescue workers rushed the girl to a nearby hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries, but she was later pronounced dead.
It is a possibility that the child was killed as the result of distracted driving. When a driver is not paying attention to the road, innocent people may suffer serious injury or death. In this case, the family of the deceased child may have grounds to follow suit against the bus driver. If a Maryland resident is considering legal action against a distracted driver, he or she may do well to contact an experienced attorney.