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Two School Buses Collided in Chesapeake

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Two School Buses Collided in Chesapeake

Just days after a motorcyclist lost his life in a wreck with a school bus in Newport News, two school buses have collided in Chesapeake.

Police said a bus hit the back of another bus at Burns Street and Campostella Road. Emergency crews were called to the scene at 4:23 p.m. on Monday.

Six students complained of minor injuries at the scene. Five of them were transported to a local hospital for treatment. The buses suffered minimal damage.

school buses crash in Chesapeake

The buses were reported to be dropping off Oscar Smith High School students. Two other buses showed up and took students home.

The crash is just the latest involving school buses in Hampton Roads. These incidents have led to questions being asked about the standard of driving.

Last week, a motorcyclist was killed on Harpersville Road in Newport News in a crash with a school bus making a turn.

The school bus was making a left turn onto Woods Road at the time of the crash.

We have seen some terrible accidents involving school buses in Hampton Roads over the last few years. More than three years ago a sailor was killed by a school bus on Holland Road in Virginia Beach.

The City of Virginia Beach paid $2.5 million to settle a wrongful death case, according to media reports.

Every year, we see school bus wrecks, Often the bus driver is to blame. In 2015, for example, 11 students were treated at local hospitals following school bus accidents in Suffolk and Poquoson.

If your child was hurt in a school bus crash or you were a driver of another vehicle or a passenger hurt in a crash, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the school board.

The Virginia Tort Claims Act gives employees of the Commonwealth of Virginia “sovereign immunity” and can limit claims for negligence to $100,000. However, in cases in which a jury decides a defendant committed gross negligence, higher damages can be awarded.

If you have been seriously injured in an accident with a school bus and it was clearly the fault of the driver, it’s worth considering a filing a lawsuit. Call our experienced Hampton Roads personal injury lawyers at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

 

 

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John Cooper

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.

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Jim Hurley

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.

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Bill O’mara

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.

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