School buses should be sanctuaries in which students can be safely transported between their homes and their schools. Unfortunately, school buses are subject to the same vagaries as other vehicles that use Pennsylvania's public roads and highways. In a recent accident in Lancaster County, a school bus was tipped on its side while involved in a hit-and-run accident, and two students have suffered serious injuries.
The bus was transporting students to the Lancaster Mennonite School in East Lampeter Township when it became involved in an accident involving four other vehicles. According to the Lancaster County attorney's office, a sedan was attempting to pass two tractor-trailers and their escort vehicles when it rear-ended one of the escort vehicles. The escort vehicle was pushed into the oncoming lane where it sideswiped the bus. The bus next hit the load on one of the tractor-trailer's load and tipped on its side. The driver of the sedan did not stop at the scene, and police are looking for a brown sedan with front-bumper damage.
When the school bus rolled onto its side, one student was ejected and suffered serious injuries. Another student also suffered serious injuries. The driver and the 14 students on the bus were taken to a nearby hospital. All but the two seriously injured students were treated and released.
Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a multi-vehicle accident or an accident involving a hit-and-run driver might conclude that the chances of establishing liability will be nearly impossible. Before reaching such a conclusion, a consultation with one of the experienced accident attorneys at Leisawitz Heller in Reading may be useful. A knowledgeable attorney can provide an analysis of the law and facts that will govern the case and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.
Source: Reading Eagle, "School bus flips in hit-and-run accident in Lancaster County," May 18, 2017