A great deal of thought and effort is put into ensuring that school buses are as safe as possible. However, accidents still happen, placing the lives of bus drivers and students at risk. For example, a bus driver in Pennsylvania recently suffered fatal work-related injuries after the bus she was driving was struck by a commercial vehicle.
The accident happened one morning on a day in April. A 54-year-old bus driver reportedly attempted to stop to pick up a teenager. Although reports indicate that she had activated the bus's warning lights when she slowed, the bus was struck in the rear by a tri-axle truck.
Even though it appears that the woman's seat belt was buckled, she was ejected from the bus and passed away as a result of injuries suffered in the accident. The teenager waiting to be picked up was uninjured; there were no students on the bus. Emergency workers had to extricate the driver of the truck, and he was transported to the hospital by helicopter. Some reports claim that the truck driver was driving too close to the bus when the accident happened.
Pennsylvania police are likely working to complete an investigation into the incident. In the meantime, the family of the deceased woman are left planning a funeral as a result of the fatal work-related injuries she suffered in the accident. Because there is no way to completely prevent all work-related accidents, employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits. This coverage can help victims manage the financial complications created by an accident such as this, including providing funeral costs. Families often utilize professionals with experience concerning the compensation process and with regard to potential third party wrongful death claims to help ensure fair treatment.
Source: triblive.com, "1 dead, 1 injured in Derry Township bus-truck crash", Paul Peirce and Dillon Carr, April 10, 2017