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School buses crash in Detroit area, one driver injured

Those who drive large vehicles such as buses and tractor-trailers need to take their responsibilities behind the wheel very seriously. Of course, drivers of any type of motor vehicles need to do this, but when drivers of commercial vehicles get into collisions the results are often catastrophic. Accidents involving buses or commercial trucks often result in serious injuries or death.

Late last month, a suburban Detroit bus driver was seriously injured when she was struck by another school bus driver at a battery charging station. According to police, the driver who was struck lost both of her legs below the knee in the accident.

The accident took place Feb. 21 at a depot for the Flat Rock Community Schools, according to The Oakland Press.

There were reportedly no school children in the area at the time of the incident.

Little additional information about this accident has been released, other than the fact that the driver is 45 and had been employed by the school district for six years.

In a case like this, because the injured driver was hurt on the job, she may be able to recover workers' compensation benefits for her medical expenses, lost income and other damages. This is generally possible regardless of who is at fault for an accident. In cases where those injured are not employees on a jobsite, it is often necessary to pursue a personal injury lawsuit to obtain compensation for damages.

In this case, it will be very important that an investigation is conducted to determine exactly why this happened and whether this battery charging station was safe, or whether the way it is set up presents serious hazards.

Source: The Oakland Press, "Michigan school bus driver loses legs in depot accident," Feb. 25, 2013

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