Fort Lauderdale school bus accident a reminder of potential dangers

A hit-and-run driver fled the scene of a Fort Lauderdale School bus accident this week, the Palm Beach Post reported.

The crash involved a bus near Westwood Heights Elementary and occurred shortly before 8 a.m. at Southwest Seventh Street and Southwest 29th Avenue, according to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.

The bus was carrying students from Bethune Elementary and Attucks Middle schools, which are both located in Hollywood.

Police reported a car collided head-on with the school bus. The driver of the car fled the scene on foot.

A Fort Lauderdale child injury lawyer should always be consulted when dealing with a school bus accident. Whether a claim is made against the at-fault driver and his or her insurance company — or the school and its insurance carrier — can depend on any number of factors. In some cases, all parties may share responsibility for the accident.

We encourage parents who are dealing with the injury of a child in a school bus accident or other mishap to make a complete report, seek the appropriate medical attention and to consult an experienced personal injury attorney. Some types of child injuries may not be readily apparent at the time of the accident but can cause significant issues weeks or even months later.

By taking the necessary steps to protect your rights, you will be helping to assure your well-being should medical complications arise at a later time.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports more than 1,500 deaths have involved school transportation accidents in recent years. However, thousands more are injured.

Of particular concern when it comes to school buses are accidents that occur while loading or unloading.