Last September, a Florida tractor-trailer driver slammed into a school bus in north Florida killing a 13-year-old girl. It turns out he was on his cell phone. Some heroic passersby pulled the children from the bus before it caught on fire. Two of the children were critically injured.
The bus was on a field trip in downtown Jacksonville, Thursday morning. The kids, from Lake Forest Elementary, were going to the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.
The truck hit the rear of the bus. The tractor-trailer smashed its front right headlight in the process, but did not injure any students.
Ten students had to be transported to hospitals to be checked out. The driver was seen at a hospital as well. Fortunately, none of the injuries were serious in this bus accident in Jacksonville.
One mother picked up her child at the scene at Union and Davis Street at about 11:30 after hearing about the accident. Her child was shaken up and she took him home.
The question as to what caused this tractor-trailer to rear-end a school bus needs to be answered.
The First Student bus company has a contract to carry students in Duval County. The company said “The safety of our students is our No. 1 priority…regardless of whether they’re in the classroom or in a school bus headed to an event.”
The truck belonged to J.B. Hunt, which often advertises for drivers. The company undoubtedly understands that when its truck rear-ends another vehicle, it is responsible for damages and injuries. But that isn’t the end of the story.
As skilled Jacksonville personal injury attorneys at Farah and Farah, a few questions come to mind. Was this driver on his cell phone? Did his brakes work? Was there anyone else in his cab who can confirm what happened? Were there any other witnesses? Are there any records that can be checked? Were there any skid marks on the road? Without skid marks, the driver might have been distracted by something.
Does the company have a cell phone policy that drivers must follow? If not, it might be time to initiate one.
J.B. Hunt should take this incident very seriously considering that many truck companies are held responsible when a truck accident in Florida occurs. If you or someone you care about has been injured in either a bus accident or a car accident involving a truck, the company who employs the driver of the truck or the owner of the truck may be held liable for injuries, wrongful death, and other damages. Call Farah and Farah today for an evaluation of your case with one of our top Florida truck accident lawyers.