Three school children sustained non-life threatening injuries on February 11th, 2020 when a passenger vehicle crashed into a school bus at approximately 3:28 pm. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the crash.
PCSO officers responded to the accident that took place on Nemo road in South Dakota. The passenger vehicle appeared to have rear-ended into a school bus belonging to the Rapid City area.
Three School Children Sustained Minor Injuries
There were three children on the school bus between ages 7 and 10. All of them sustained minor injuries along with the bus driver who was in the bus. All children were treated at the scene and released to their parents within 2 hours.
The driver of the car was injured in the accident as well. He was taken to Monument Hospital with minor injuries. PCSO has cited the driver for Failure to Stop for a School Bus.
South Dakota Highway Patrol, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and the Doty Fire Department responded to the scene of accident.
Bus Accident Claims Are More Complex Than Car Accident Claims
It is important to speak with a cross country bus accident attorney as soon as possible because bus accident lawsuits are quite complicated. Usually bus companies, operators, and drivers are protected under a legal concept called sovereign immunity. This is generally extended to only public transportation drivers.
The government cannot be sued against sovereign immunity laws without its consent. Victims may be required to prove gross negligence to be able to file a lawsuit. However, there are certain other situations in which a public transportation can be sued. It takes a well-qualified cross country bus accident lawyer to understand the situation and identify potential clauses that can be exploited.
For instance, in South Dakota if the public transportation company has purchased insurance, it can be construed as their consent to be sued. Bus accident lawsuits are unique. All circumstances of an individual case needs to be reviewed and remedies investigated before filing a claim.
Statute of Limitations in Bus Accident Claims
There is a limited amount of time offered to victims to seek compensation and hold the liable parties responsible. Under the South Dakota law, a victim gets only 180 days to file a claim against the public transportation entity, driver, or anyone else responsible for the accident.
There can be multiple parties responsible for a bus accident, including the driver, bus maintenance company, bus owner, spare parts manufacturer, and architecture of the road, among others. A lawyer needs time to understand the situation and prepare a case. This is why victims need to get in touch with a responsible and qualified attorney as soon as possible.