The sight of children getting off school buses at the end of the day is a familiar one in many neighborhoods across Louisiana and the country during the school year. Many parents do not think twice about the possibility of one of the children being involved in a serious or fatal accident. Sadly, a 6-year-old boy died recently after getting off the bus with a group of children.
According to reports, the boy must have wandered from the group of children, but the driver claims she did not see him. As she attempted to make a turn, she somehow struck the boy. Emergency responders found the boy suffering from critical injuries and rushed him to an area hospital. Regrettably, the boy’s injuries were too severe for him to survive.
In the aftermath of this tragedy, the 59-year-old driver of the bus was taken to have a blood sample drawn to test for impairment. Police in Shreveport, which is where the accident took place, do not believe the driver was impaired. They are conducting the test in accordance with standard procedures regarding fatal accidents. Investigators are working to reconstruct the crash. Video from the school bus is also being reviewed.
Even if the investigation determines that this tragedy was nothing more than a horrific fatal accident, the surviving family of the Louisiana boy retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver and her employer. Any award of damages received after proving negligence before the court will never fill the now vacant spot in this family. However, it may help with the monetary losses the family sustained because of the family’s loss of this little boy.