Modified: November 15, 2022

No Injuries After School Bus Struck by Jeep in Harlingen – Who Is At-fault?

An accident happened in Texas involving a school bus and another vehicle Monday afternoon. Let’s explore the details of the incident with Ehline Law and our Texas personal injury attorneys.

Jeep Rear-ends a La Feria ISD School Bus in Harlingen, Texas

On November 7, 2022, a school bus belonging to the La Feria ISD got hit by a jeep in Harlingen, a city in the central region of the Rio Grande Valley.

Students Didn’t Suffer Any Injuries in the La Feria ISD School Bus Accident, Police Confirms

According to the Harlingen Police Department, the accident occurred near Bass Boulevard and Hackberry Street, decommissioning the bus.  The Harlingen Fire Department reported no injuries to the students in the two-vehicle accident, and the school district arranged another bus to transport the students home safely.

Distracted Driving Could Be the Reasons for the Rear-end Collision, News Release States

The news release states that the school bus driver was waiting to make a left turn at the intersection when a jeep rear-ended the bus. The driver in the jeep reportedly looked down just before the bus crash in Texas.

Negligence Is the Main Factor in Most Vehicle Crashes

Our Texas bus accident attorney has a PSA for you and your loved ones. Everyone on the road has a duty towards others, whether it is a cyclist, pedestrian, motorcyclist, or another driver. The driver must obey the traffic rules, keep their eyes on the road, and watch out for others.

In the incident mentioned above, the news report suggests that the jeep’s driver looked before the incident happened. Perhaps, she was looking at a text message on her phone placed on her lap.

Liability for Rear-end Collisions

Every driver is responsible for maintaining a distance between their vehicle and the car in front of them. Drivers who violate this duty are generally responsible, which is why in rear-end collisions, it is often the trailing driver who crashes into the lead vehicle accountable or partially responsible for the accident.

However, there could be a possibility that the school bus driver could be partially responsible for the crash occurred.

Can the Students Sue for Compensation Even If There Were No Injuries Reported?

Injuries may not be so apparent following an accident. They can take time to manifest, which is why it is crucial for anyone involved in an accident to head to a medical hospital for a medical evaluation, even if they feel fine.

If the doctor identifies injuries following a medical evaluation, the injured students must start their medical treatment and follow their doctor’s recommendation. The parents of the students should also reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney to seek compensation.

In the incident where the vehicle crashed into the school bus, one or multiple parties could be responsible for the accident. The Independent School District, the driver in the jeep, or other parties may be liable for the incident.

An experienced attorney can investigate the accident, determine the responsible party, and hold them accountable for your child’s loss.

Schedule a Free Consultation with Ehline Law

It seems like Harlingen is experiencing a rise in vehicle accidents. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a couple of days following the La Feria ISD school bus accident, a vehicle pursuit started in Kenedy county. It ended in Harlingen, where police caught the driver evading arrest in the high-speed chase resulting in three accidents.

Another accident occurred on Expressway 77/83 near eastbound Exit 173 in Harlingen, resulting in injuries to one driver after the vehicle got engulfed in flames.

If you’re injured in an accident due to another’s negligence, contact us at (833) LETS-SUE for a free consultation, as you may be eligible for compensation.

Top Notch American Injury Lawyer, Michael Ehline

Michael Ehline

Michael is a managing partner at the nationwide Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. He’s an inactive Marine and became a lawyer in the California State Bar Law Office Study Program, later receiving his J.D. from UWLA School of Law. Michael has won some of the world’s largest motorcycle accident settlements.

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