Cedar Hill, Missouri – Firefighters said a 7-year-old girl suffered a head injury after being hit by a bus in Cedar Hill Thursday afternoon.
Authorities said the victim and her brother were dropped off by the bus after school in the 8400 block of Hilltop Drive around 4:00 p.m.
According to firefighters, the victim dropped something in front of the bus. The little girl bent over to retrieve the item, and was hit by the bus, knocking her down. Firefighters said the bus driver was unaware the child was under the vehicle. The driver of the bus ended up passing over the child but avoided hitting her a second time.
According to authorities, the girl’s brother took her to their house and called 911. Firefighters said she was taken by helicopter to St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Some of her major injuries was a vertical fracture of her pelvis, partially crushed pelvis, perforated bladder, and a dissected ureter.
The child is expected to survive, though it will be several months before she can walk again.
A GoFundMe page has been open to raise money for the victim and her family to help with medical expenses.
Pedestrian and School Bus Accidents
Just like any car or truck accident, bus accidents happen for a variety of reasons. School bus drivers are trained specifically for transporting children. Kids are known to be unpredictable, which is why bus drivers must always be on the lookout for unusual behavior.
When a child is struck, attorneys will look at training records and video evidence to determine if a pedestrian accident was an isolated incident or if it was a top-down training failure.
There is a specific area of law in Missouri that requires drivers such as bus drivers to make sure all passengers have properly exited and “alighted” the vehicle before the continue on. What this really means is that, if the driver dropped off four kids, he needs to make sure he sees four kids safely away from the bus before he travels forward.
Investigating Bus Injury Cases
Investigation will often include interviewing witnesses such as the other children to determine how Paige got under the bus to being with. We assume they will also interview the driver and conduct an accident reconstruction.
As personal injury lawyers, attorneys will look into every avenue of recovery to ensure that the family of the victim is adequately compensated, and that the insurance companies for the negligent parties are offering fair compensation.
Attorneys at Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers have been known for pedestrian and bus accident litigation following the 11 million dollar verdict on a very sad case in 2012 involving a young boy who was struck and killed by a school bus on his way home from school.
“Unfortunately, in today’s world,” attorney Josh Myers told reporters of the 2012 bus accident case, “a lot of times [litigation] is the only way to make change happen and to get certain people to notice what problems are so they can make corrections.”
Bus accidents, unfortunately, are much more common than you’d think. Between 2003 and 2012, there have been 1,353 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes—an average of 135 fatalities per year.
Of course, there are victims who survive school bus accidents as well. Often, the medical expenses are astronomical. This is especially true of accidents involving a pedestrian.
What to do if My Child is Struck by a School Bus
If your child has been injured or died in a bus accident in Missouri, Illinois, or Arkansas, contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
We understand that filing a claim is the last thing you want to deal with during this difficult time, but calling a lawyer right away can help your family get on the path to healing much sooner. Call Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers at 314.444.4444 for a free and confidential consultation.