Twenty-three students and three adults were taken to a local hospital after a hit-and-run car clipped one of two school buses transporting elementary school students on a field trip. According to a WSBTV news report, the two buses were traveling from Callaway Elementary School to Atlanta when they were struck on 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard in Atlanta. Officials say the 23 students and three adults were brought to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The remaining students continued on their field trip. Investigators are still looking for the vehicle that clipped one of the buses and left the scene of the crash.
The many occupants injured in this hit-and-run crash escaped without suffering life-threatening injuries. Not all victims of Georgia hit-and-run crashes are so lucky. Many are left with expensive medical bills and questions regarding how they will receive compensation if the at-fault driver is not apprehended.
Under Georgia Statute 40-6-270, all drivers have a duty to stop at or return to the scene of an accident. “The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or the death of any person or in damage to a vehicle which is driven or attended by any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of the accident or shall stop as close thereto as possible and forthwith return to the scene of the accident.”
Even in cases involving hit-and-run drivers, school buses are typically capable of absorbing an impact and protecting occupants. However, school bus accidents can and do happen. When students are hurt, it is crucial that they are provided the medical attention and financial support they need in a timely manner. If your child has been injured in a Georgia school bus accident, please make sure you understand your rights and options before making any legal decisions.