Oregon readers will be glad to know that there were no children on board a school bus that was involved in a crash recently on our roadways. The bus versus car accident happened in the early morning hours just as the bus driver was beginning her route to pick up kids for the day. Unfortunately, the kids had to find other ways to get to school the day of the crash.
According to a report from Oregon officials, the bus versus car accident happened as the vehicles traveled along Highway 211. The driver of the car reported that she hit black ice and began to lose control of her vehicle. As she tried to regain control, her car veered into on-coming traffic. That is her vehicle and the bus collided
Both drivers suffered injury in the crash. Now, officials are seeking to determine exactly who was at fault for the unfortunate car accident. As they do, they are likely to review evidence such as the position of the vehicles relative to one another and eyewitness accounts.
Once a determination of fault is made, the driver deemed responsible for the car accident may find that she faces liability claims under our state's personal injury laws. If negligence is established to the satisfaction of a civil court, the other injured party, monetary damages may be available for medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering related to the injuries sustained. A successfully litigated claim typically helps injured victims who have suffered not only physically but economically as a result of a car accident.
Source: Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers, "Two hurt in Molalla school bus crash," Peggy Savage, March 7, 2013