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Brunswick County bus accident sends students, drivers to hospital

Many children travel by school bus throughout North Carolina. In most cases, children travel safely because school districts follow state laws to ensure that children are safe. Still, bus accidents occasionally happen, which can injure and even kill passengers.

In Brunswick County recently, a bus taking 42 students home from South Brunswick Middle School and South Brunswick High School was involved in an afternoon accident with a car. Eight students were sent to Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport for treatment of minor injuries. The remaining students were returned to the high school for pickup by their parents. Both the bus driver and the car driver were taken for treatment to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, some 20 miles to the northeast. The car driver's injuries were reported to be life-threatening.

Neither a school district spokesperson nor local law enforcement authorities have provided information on the cause of the accident and whether either driver would be cited or face charges for the accident. If negligence on the part of either the bus driver or the car driver is determined to be the cause of the accident, then that person may be held liable for any resulting injuries or deaths to passengers, drivers or others on the road. If injured parties must undergo extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation, those costs can be recovered through a personal injury lawsuit. If an accident results in a disability that has long-term negative effects, compensation can also be sought to cover those expenses.

Dealing with an injury is often just as difficult emotionally as physically, so a victim of a commercial vehicle accident can file a suit for damages from the responsible parties. The compensation may help the plaintiff pay hospital expenses and recover financial losses resulting from the accident.

Source: WWAY Channel 3, "UPDATE: 10 taken to hospital after school bus crash in Brunswick County," May 19, 2014

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