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Friday, April 3, 2009

2005 Wrongful Death Suit Comes to Close

A Wausau, Wisconsin wrongful death suit involving a young student who was run over by a school bus is drawing to a close. In December 2005, a mother watched as her 13-year-old son tried to flag down his school bus he was trying to catch. He waved his hands and yelled, but the bus driver apparently did not see him, and the boy was run over as the bus rounded the corner. He died later that day of his injuries.

The boy’s parents filed a wrongful death suit against the bus company, which was scheduled to go to trial this past March. However, the court ordered the two parties to try to settle out of court. The family has settled for $1.2 million.

The boy’s mother says that the money was never the issue, but they wanted the bus company to accept responsibility, and that they want people to know that her son did not slip and fall beneath the bus. She believes her son would still be alive had the bus driver checked his mirrors, or if the bus stop was further from the corner than it was.

A spokesperson for the bus company says that one of their regulations stipulates their buses stop no less than 100 feet from a corner, but that was not the case when the boy was killed. Because of this, one thing that has been looked into is whether the bus driver was looking around for traffic at the intersection rather than noticing the boy as he ran toward the bus.

If your child has been hit by a school bus, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney in your area.

posted by Evan Langsted at 3:11 PM

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