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Texas driver of school bus may face wrongful death charge

In Texas, a driver who causes an accident may be held responsible for injuries and/or fatalities that occur in an accident caused by his or her negligent conduct. Regardless of whether the vehicle of the driver deemed negligent was actually involved in a collision, personal injury or wrongful death claims may be brought against him or her. Such a driver is also obliged to stop after causing an accident where injuries may be present.

The driver of a school bus was recently arrested hours after his alleged negligence caused a fatal accident in San Antonio. The Sheriff's office reported that the bus driver allegedly ignored a stop sign. The driver of an 18-wheeler was put in a position where he had to choose between crashing into a bus or swerving to avoid it. He chose to swing away from the bus and landed in the lane of oncoming traffic and slammed head-on into another car, killing the driver.

The bus driver, who was not directly involved in the crash, apparently failed to stop and continued on his route. When he arrived at the Northside Independent School District's bus depot, police were there to arrest him. His alleged failure to stop and provide aid to the injured person formed the basis for teh criminal charges he now faces.

The family of the man who lost his life in this accident -- apparently caused by the negligence of the bus driver -- may pursue recovery of damages. They retain the right to file a wrongful death claim in a Texas civil court. They may benefit from legal guidance in determining which parties may be named as defendants. If deemed appropriate, the bus driver and the school district, along with the truck driver and the truck owner may be named as defendants. If negligence is properly documented in court, a monetary judgment may be entered to cover end-of-life expenses and associated damages as provided by our laws..

Source: kwtx.com, "Texas School Bus Driver Arrested After Deadly Accident", , Oct. 5, 2014

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