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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