A seven-year-old boy suffered “catastrophic injuries to his head” after a school minibus hit him. This is important for fatal children’s road accidents, as, according to reports, the inquest is still ongoing. This may help highlight road safety for children.
He had been travelling home from school on the bus with his brother and one other passenger on 13 January 2020, an inquest jury was told.
The minibus was operated by CDS travel on behalf of Monmouthshire Council.
It was driven by its regular driver, who was well known to the boy and his family.
The bus was running ahead of schedule and reached the boy’s home earlier than usual, meaning his mother was not there to meet it, the inquest heard.
The assistant coroner said the boy and his brother “opened and closed the minibus doors themselves” before the bus driver drove away.
The driver “heard a bump” as he drove away. He assumed was the minibus clipping the curb, he told the jury. However, the boy had been caught under the minibus.
The coroner added the boy’s mother was “scrambling to get her shoes on” to meet her sons off the bus, and when she got outside, she initially only saw the boy’s brother before seeing him lying on his side.
His mother “knew instantly” that the boy had suffered “catastrophic injuries” and he died shortly afterwards, the inquest heard.
Fatal Road Accidents
There are many causes of fatal road accident claims. However, at the Compensation Experts we have found that the most common cause of fatal road accidents is from another person’s careless driving. This includes errors, lack of concentration, driving whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, using mobile phones or other technology whilst driving, and not taking care of lights and signs whilst driving.
A fatal car accident or fatal motorcycle accident can also be caused by poor conditions. These include
- Inadequate lighting
- Large potholes
- Unclear signs
- Other distractions such as smoke from a bonfire in a neighbouring field blowing across the road
Motor Insurers Bureau Claims
If the fatal road accident was caused by an uninsured or untraced driver, you may still be able to make a claim. This claim is from the Motor Insurers Bureau. The Motor Insurers Bureau is an organisation that insurance companies pay into in an accident with these drivers. This would be the case if the driver drove away from a fatal road accident, or if they were uninsured. A fatal car accident must be reported to the police at the time of the accident, or soon afterwards. The Motor Insurers Bureau will then pay the compensation rather than the insurance company.
How We Can Help With Children’s Fatal Road Accidents
Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes fatal children’s road accidents. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly experts.