Six students went to an Orlando area hospital for treatment for injuries they received when a van rear-ended the school bus they were riding on April 6. Accident investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) said the accident occurred on John Young Parkway near the Sand Lake intersection. Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham is monitoring developments in this case very closely. He hopes the kids are all on the mend and expects the FHP to release more details about the case in the coming days and weeks.
FHP officers said the injured kids were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment for undisclosed minor injuries. Officers said the bus was at a stoplight waiting for the light to change when a van rear-ended the bus. The FHP ticketed the driver for careless driving, and other charges are pending based on the results of a toxicology report.
Statistically speaking, riding on a bus is one of the safest modes of ground transportation. In 2009, 221 people were killed in bus accidents, accounting for only 0.5 percent of the 45,435 killed in auto accidents that year. However, while riding in a bus may be one of the safest ways to get around, bus passengers are still at risk for severe injury and even death due to negligent drivers who choose to engage in risky and dangerous behavior such as the following:
• Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
• Driving too fast for conditions
• Talking or texting while driving
• Disobeying traffic signals
• Driving while fatigued
• Driving over the posted speed limit
• Other negligent behavior
If you’ve been injured in any type of auto accident caused by a negligent driver and you have questions about your rights, Florida laws and your legal options, call Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham today to schedule your free consultation. Mr. Cunningham has been helping injured people since 1977, and he is quite skilled at negotiating alternative means of resolving disputes. However, if the at-fault party isn’t receptive to a settlement or other kind of resolution, Mr. Cunningham also has a proven record of success helping clients receive damages through court awards, and he has a reputation for meticulous case preparation. Fill out a contact form or call 888-425-2004 or 407-425-2000 today to get his skills and experience on your side.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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