A parent's worst nightmare is losing a child or having him or her suffer grave injuries caused by a senseless and preventable accident. Sadly, every year, families experience the heartache of having a beloved child harmed while boarding or exiting their school buses. Recently, one Minnesota family received the horrible news that an 11-year-old girl suffered serious head injuries along with other injuries when she was struck after getting off of her school bus.
The young victim is in a coma, and physicians told her mother that she was not expected to survive the night. However, the girl remains hospitalized in critical condition. Doctors said that, while some of the brain swelling has subsided, it is unclear whether she will survive her traumatic injuries. Police stated that the driver who struck the child was released from custody while they await the results of toxicology testing.
Minnesota police believe that the driver who hit the child was under the influence when the accident occurred. At this time, officials have not sent the case for prosecution. The child's mother is pleading for all drivers to obey the rules regarding stopped school buses and to refrain from attempting to go around any bus that has its lights activated.
The victim's younger sibling witnessed the horrifying collision and is too traumatized to travel by school bus. School personnel are currently transporting the youngster back and forth. Provided the girl survives her head injuries, she likely faces a long recovery and may never return to her previous quality of life. Any time victims suffer a life-changing injury due to the negligence of another party, they also incur significant monetary damages in the form of medical bills and associated expenses. An attorney can provide assistance in assembling and navigating a successful civil suit against the parties deemed liable for those damages.