An Atlanta Public Schools bus driver has been cited in connection with an accident that resulted in injuries to the driver of a Nissan. According to a WSB-TV news report, the school bus accident occurred on I-20 at the Glenwood exit in Atlanta. Officials say the bus driver was transporting her three children in an Atlanta Public Schools bus at a high rate of speed when she failed to maintain her lane and struck a Nissan. The driver of the Nissan was transported to a hospital, but is said to be in good condition. The school bus driver’s children were checked at the scene. The school bus driver has been cited for failing to maintain her lane.
All drivers, whether they are in a small passenger vehicle or large school bus, must maintain their lane of traffic. According to Georgia Code 40-6-48 (1): “A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.”
Drivers who fail to remain in their lane of traffic can be held accountable for the damages they cause. If a careless or reckless driver has injured you, make sure you:
- Remain calm;
- Call the authorities and remain at the crash site;
- Exchange information including the name, address, and contact details for all parties involved and contact information for anyone who witnessed the crash;
- Do not refuse transportation to the hospital or medical treatment at the scene;
- Notify your insurance company that you were involved in an accident; and
- Research your legal options.
Victims of careless drivers can pursue financial support for their medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning potential, the cost of rehabilitation services, pain and suffering, and other related damages. It is common in these types of cases, however, for insurance providers to offer inadequate settlements that do not cover the full extent of the damages sustained. If your claim has been denied, or if you have been offered an inadequate settlement, please contact an experienced Atlanta bus accident lawyer to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.