Drivers are expected to know and understand the rules of the road. If they do not, or simply fail to obey them, serious accidents can happen. Unfortunately, people who are running late or become impatient and choose to ignore simple traffic laws can cause serious harm. For example, police in Massachusetts believe a young girl was hit by a car that was attempting to pass a stopped bus.
The bus was stopped at a designated bus stop just before 3:30 p.m. one afternoon in mid-September. According to reports, a young girl exited the bus and was attempting to cross the street in front of it. Unfortunately, she was struck by a car driven by a 54-year-old woman.
Witnesses claim that the woman’s car had been stopped behind another vehicles and the bus when she reportedly crossed dividing traffic lines, passed the two cars between her and the bus before passing the bus. She is said to have initially struck the girl but continued on, striking her a second time. The car is believed to have struck four more vehicles before coming to a rest.
The woman has not yet been charged, though her license to operate a motor vehicle has been revoked; criminal charges will likely be filed once the investigation into the Massachusetts accident is complete. Unfortunately, the young girl who was hit by a car likely has a long, expensive road to recovery. Regardless of whether criminal charges are filed against the driver believed to have struck her, the family of the young girl has the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit. If they can prove that negligence on the part of the driver caused the accident and injuries that resulted, they could receive an award of damages that will help provide for medical expenses as well as other unexpected financial ramifications stemming from the accident.
Source: necn.com, “Young Girl Critically Injured After Being Hit by Car at Bus Stop“, Marc Fortier and Daniela Christenakis, Sept. 18, 2015