School buses are a common sight on Oklahoma roadways, especially during the early morning and late afternoon hours. The size and vibrant color of a school bus should increase the visibility of the bus, which theoretically would prevent accidents. When a school bus is involved in an accident, the potential for serious injuries is high due to the number of passengers often onboard the bus. But when another vehicle strikes a bus, those in the smaller vehicle are also at risk of serious or fatal injuries, which is what happened recently near Grandfield.
How the accident happened
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the crash happened on a Monday morning. A school bus was traveling on US-70, around five miles outside of Grandfield. The bus was struck head-on by a Ford pickup truck. The driver of the pickup truck was killed in the accident.
The bus driver and one student were flown to nearby hospitals for treatment. Nine other teenagers were also treated for minor injuries. Authorities have yet to release information on what caused the crash. While the pickup driver died at the scene, if it’s determined that negligence was a factor in the crash, accident victims have the option to file a lawsuit against the driver’s estate.
Injured victims have rights
When someone is injured unexpectedly in a car crash, they often don’t know where to turn for help. Victims who have suffered because of another person’s negligence have the right to seek justice in the form of a civil lawsuit against the driver at fault. An Oklahoma personal injury attorney can help victims understand how to proceed forward with a lawsuit.