School Bus Hits Car, Injures Driver in Currituck County, NC
While turning onto U.S. 168 from N. Spot Road in Currituck County, North Carolina (NC), a bus driver transporting students from Jarvisburg Elementary School hit a car traveling straight on the highway. The car's driver and his 7-month-old child wound up trapped in their crumpled vehicle wen it became pinned under the bus, and the man had to be flown by the Nightingale medevac helicopter from the Outer Banks to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
The car driver's injuries are considered serious but not life-threatening. Thankfully, neither the infant who was secured in a car safety seat nor any of the four schoolchildren suffered injuries.
View a larger of the intersection with N. Spot Road and U.S. 168 in Currituck County, NC, where a Jarvis Elementary School bus driver caused an accident that left a car's driver seriously injured.
The bus operator told police she did not see the car before she hit it, which is a common explanation provided by drivers who cause right-hand turn accidents. It is also an unacceptable excuse. Any driver behind the wheel of a car, truck, bus, SUV or van has a duty to themselves and everyone else on the road to, at a minimum, look left, right, and left again before entering the intersection. Waiting to turn until one is absolutely sure the lanes to be crossed are clear is also essential.
As Carolina personal injury attorneys who have helped people injured in car crashes caused by public employees receive compensation, we urge the man hurt in this wreck to contact a lawyer who will work on his behalf to make sure the Currituck County Schools covers his medical bills and other losses.