The Missouri roads can be a dangerous place. This is not something that is frequently thought about until an accident does happen, but it is the truth. With the number of vehicles on the road and the inherent risks from driving and riding as a passenger, accidents are bound to happen. In a worst-case scenario, it will be a fatal accident. This is particularly troublesome when it is a school bus that is hit. After an accident in which a family has suffered the loss of a loved one, it might be difficult to think about the future, but they must. Part of that is considering a wrongful death lawsuit.

A bus carrying a cross-country team was in a crash with a pickup truck. The coach of the team, who also worked as a teacher, died in the accident. The coach was driving the bus when the pickup truck crossed over the center line and crashed into the bus. The bus landed on its side and caught fire. The girls on the bus were three middle-schoolers and two high-schoolers; four of the girls escaped, while the fifth was rescued by the fire department. The driver of the pickup was airlifted to the hospital for treatment.

Numerous issues will come to the forefront after a fatal accident. The person who died might have been a breadwinner in a household or a stay-at-home parent caring for young children. After an accident, a family may have difficulty making ends meet because of the loss of income of the victim. It can be difficult to think about a legal filing, but it may be necessary, as insurance companies will frequently think about the bottom line and try to get a grieving family to settle for far less than they should. Speaking to a lawyer before agreeing to a settlement is vital.

If you or a family member was injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you may want to file a lawsuit against the person responsible. A personal injury attorney can be of great assistance to address any concerns you may have.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, “Teacher Killed, 4 Students Hurt in Missouri Bus Wreck,” Sept. 29, 2017