More than thirty students were injured in a chain reaction accident involving three school buses. The buses were transporting 113 middle school students on a field trip the morning of the accident. Investigators said the driver of the third bus became distracted by a buzzing sound. As he slowed to a stoplight, the driver looked down to check for the cause of the buzzing. He looked up as he hit the school bus in front of him, which then hit the first bus. EMS crews transported 35 students to area hospitals for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries. One student was taken to a local trauma center as a precaution. One student said he was thrown into the air and over seats, but was not seriously injured.
The initial investigation appears to be driver distraction, but was he also following too closely? Although there are no signs of driver impairment or speeding, the bus driver who caused the wreck will undergo an alcohol and drug test as part of the school system’s investigation into the crash. Additionally, the bus will be inspected to see if any equipment malfunctioned; buses have buzzer systems to alert for malfunctioning equipment.
In auto accident cases such as this one, the injured victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, including hospitalization, surgery, and physical therapy, and other damages. If the victims and their families file a lawsuit to seek compensation and justice, it could be a long process between the final investigation report and a settlement. Some may experience financial duress due to the medical bills incurred and possibly loss of income if they are unable to work as a result of injuries.
Lawsuit funding is an option for auto accident victims. In fact, it may be the only option to prevent victims from settling too soon and for too little. Family members may not have the funds to help through this difficult time, and banks don’t typically loan money to auto accident victims. Furthermore, money from a bank is a loan that must be paid back, with monthly payments. Lawsuit funding is neither; rather it is a cash advance against your lawsuit. There are no upfront fees, no monthly payments, and you only pay to cash advance back if you win your case. Litigation funding is a no-risk cash advance against your lawsuit and once approved can be available to the plaintiff within 24 – 48 hours. When you know your bills and expenses are covered, it is much easier to fight for justice to be served.