Pedestrians on the roads in the immediate vicinity of schools will always be vulnerable. Vehicle operators are expected to keep a proper lookout for students crossing in front of schools. An accident can happen in the blink of an eye, and it can have devastating consequences. It is not uncommon for wrongful death claims to result from accidents in which students are killed by alleged negligent drivers.
A 15-year-old boy who was a student of a Pennsylvania school recently lost his life when he was struck by a bus. The accident reportedly happened upon dismissal, and there was probably a lot of pedestrian and vehicular activity in front of the school. Not many details were reported, but the boy was reportedly struck by a school bus.
The victim was rushed to a hospital but was declared dead upon arrival. It was also reported that another student lost her life in the same area only six months ago. She died when a dump truck knocked her down. This raised concern, and parents are now asking for improved safety and crossing guards in the area.
Losing a child at such a young age is naturally a traumatic experience. If the negligence of another party contributed to the death of a loved one, the surviving family members might pursue financial relief. They are entitled to file a wrongful death claim in a Pennsylvania civil court. A monetary award for end-of-life expenses may follow the successful presentation of such a claim. Other documented losses may also be awarded according to applicable state laws.
Source: pennlive.com, “Pa. boy, 15, hit, killed by school bus“, John Luciew, Sept.4, 2015