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Car-school bus accident highlights need for special care

School recently began across Connecticut. Hopefully we are all aware of that. In the morning, Connecticut drivers may find themselves behind slow moving school buses and driving past groups of young children lined up on the sidewalk ready to go to school. It's time to be especially aware. This has been brought home starkly by a school bus accident in Glastonbury.

The crash occurred on the morning of Monday, Sept. 10 at 7:38. Authorities say a man ran a stop sign in Glastonbury and hit the school bus. The school bus was carrying 19 children at the time. Thankfully, neither the children nor the bus driver were injured in the crash. A passenger in the man's vehicle, however, was taken to the hospital with injuries.

A bus accident has the potential to cause serious injury, medical expenses, pain and suffering, perhaps even death. Buses are large vehicles that have a higher propensity to roll than most low-to-the-ground cars. That, and the fact that children are often aboard school buses, reinforces the importance of careful driving around the large vehicles.

While there were not any major injuries involved in this accident, driving negligently on any occasion is never acceptable behavior. Innocent individuals, like these children, are on the roads and vulnerable to wrong decisions.

Anyone injured by a negligent driver may be entitled to seek compensation for their medical expenses and pain and suffering. The process of obtaining just compensation involves a lot of complex law and can become frustrating unless one has the help of experienced legal counsel. In some instances, a lawsuit may be found to be needed to ensure that one's rights and interests are fully protected.

Source: Glastonbury Patch, "Driver crashes into school bus in Glastonbury," Robert Muirhead, Sept. 10, 2012

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