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Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
Child Hit By A School Bus in Portsmouth
School buses are making headlines for all the wrong reasons again today in Hampton Roads after a child was hit by a school bus in Portsmouth.
Separately, in Suffolk, more than 100 bus routes for students were canceled due to a shortage of drivers.
In recent months, Hampton Roads has seen a series of school bus crashes. Many school districts are dogged by shortages of bus drivers amid concerns over pay and conditions.
Portsmouth police said a 6-year-old girl was hurt after being hit by a school bus Friday morning at Lincoln Street and Piedmont Avenue. Police were alerted to the incident around 8:10 a.m.
Portsmouth police said the child was alert and talking after the wreck. A report on WAVY said the child ran out in front of the school bus. Police said it was traveling at a slow speed. The bus hit the child, who fell to the ground and bumped her head. The girl was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.
Cooper Hurley's Bill O'Mara talks school bus safety
Some of these accidents raise concerns about how buses are being driven. Today in Suffolk, 48 bus drivers declined to work, according to media reports.
Bus drivers were reported to be unhappy at the proposed pay raise for next year.
Students who use school buses should take basic safety precautions. Every year about 17 school age children lose their lives in transportation safety-related issues, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA statistics reveal the highest number of accidents involving children occur between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Student School Bus Safety Tips
1 Make sure the bus has completely stopped before you approach it or get off it. The driver may be still getting it into the correct position. You may be seriously injured or killed by a school bus, even at a low speed.
2 Know the rules regarding school bus safety. Know when you can get on and off.
3 Stay back from the bus until it stops. Students should stay five large steps back from the road and wait until the driver has told them they can approach, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
4 Never walk behind a school bus. The back and sides of the bus have blind spots where the driver can’t see you.
5 Look out for other vehicles when leaving the bus. Students should look left, right and left to ensure no other vehicles are approaching. Not all drivers obey the rules and stop behind a school bus when loading or unloading students. Wait for the driver to signal it's safe to cross the road.
Read more about our school bus safety tips here. If your child has been hurt in a school bus incident, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit.
Other motorists or their dependents have also sued school districts over serious school bus accidents. A settlement of $2.5 million was recently reached between Virginia Beach schools and the family of a sailor who was hit and killed by a school bus after his car broke down.
If your child is injured due to the actions of a school bus driver, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against a school district. Call us at (757) 455-0077 for a free and confidential consultation. We have a main office in Norfolk and client meeting locations in Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton and on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.
Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.
Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.
Cooper Hurley awards three $2,000 college scholarships annually to high school seniors in the Tidewater and Eastern Shore areas of Virginia. Eligible students can submit an essay of 500 to 1,000 words on the subject of Distracted Driving. We established this program to aid worthy scholars and to raise awareness of the tragic consequences of distracted driving, which we encounter too often in our practice.