A driver suffered serious injuries after her vehicle collided with a bus in Vashon Island on Sept. 17, authorities reported. The bus was reportedly carrying students who were going on a field trip, but none of the children on the bus suffered injuries as a result of the incident.
Authorities stated that the accident transpired around 11:30 a.m. That is when a large tour bus traveling on Vashon Highway crossed the centerline and collided with a car. Following the impact, the bus careened off of the roadway before finally coming to a stop in a thick hedge adjacent to the highway. Law enforcement officials suspect that the driver of the bus might have had a medical episode prior to the incident. Reportedly, the driver said that he had ‘blanked out.”
As a result of the crash, the car sustained heavy damage, and its driver suffered injuries that officials deem to be serious. Emergency personnel transported her via airlift to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The precise nature of the woman’s injuries was not clear in the immediate aftermath of the event.
As a precaution, 18 children from the bus were also transported to a hospital. Purportedly, dozens of children were on the bus at the time of the accident.
Victims of accidents caused by a negligent driver may seek restitution for the damages they suffered by filing a personal injury claim in civil court. If successful, the restitution may cover hospital bills, medical costs, rehabilitation expenses and other pecuniary losses related to the victim’s auto injuries. If the originating accident involved a commercial vehicle, it may be warranted to name multiple parties as defendants in the lawsuit.
Source: KOMO, “1 seriously hurt as bus, car collide on Vashon Island”, September 18, 2014