Trial began recently in the case of a Cumberland Valley School District bus that hit a tree in Middlesex Township after an eight-year-old passenger put his hands over the bus driver’s eyes according to The Patriot-News. The plaintiffs are the parents of a child injured in the crash. The defendants include the school district, the bus company Rohrer Inc. of Duncannon, and the driver, Chad Kovach.
In April 2006, the school bus involved in the accident was carrying the plaintiffs’ three children and seven others when one of the children put his hands over the bus driver’s eyes. The bus crashed into a tree, and the plaintiffs’ youngest son, then in kindergarten, suffered a broken collarbone and cuts to his head. Police determined that the bus driver was not at fault for the crash.
In December 2009, a Cumberland County court ruled that the school district could not invoke governmental immunity to protect itself from the lawsuit.
The plaintiffs seek damages of $100,000. They claim that the bus should have had seat belts, that better discipline should have been maintained, and that a barrier should have separated the driver from the students. They say that they told the school district about their previous concerns about discipline on the bus and the long bus route, but were ignored.
In this case, the plaintiffs state that the bus company, the school district, and the bus driver all played a role in the events that caused their son’s injuries. In bus accidents, the negligence of multiple parties may combine to create injuries that would never have occurred had all parties been exercising reasonable care. If you’ve been injured in an accident and you suspect multiple parties are at fault, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Pennsylvania bus accident attorneys at Anapol Weiss. Our attorneys will carefully review your case and seek to hold every responsible party accountable for its actions. Call Anapol Weiss at (866) 735-2792 for a free and confidential consultation.