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Death of Special Needs Child – Fell from Bus – Driver May Have Violated Policies and Procedures

By Benjamin A. Klopman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


When transporting children, it is important for school districts and school bus drivers to maintain control and order on the school bus. Because of the dangers and risks involved with transporting children, most school districts have written policies and procedures in place that school bus drivers and attendants must follow in order to promote the ongoing safety of the children on the bus and others on the roadway. When there is a problem with a school bus driver or transportation to or from a school, a parent should address the issue with the school administration and transportation department. In addition, a parent should review the policies and procedures in place for a school district to find out what the procedures are and if the procedures were followed. Of course, if there is a serious personal injury to a child that took place as a result of the negligence of the driver or other school employee, a Child Injury Lawyer can assist the parents with the investigation and all of the other issues that are associated with the child injury including the medical bills, medical treatment, and compensation for expenses as well as pain and suffering. It is important to address both the incident itself as well as the future transportation needs of the students so that other incidents do not take place that put children at risk for personal injuries.

In Baltimore, an incident was reported in which a special needs student was injured and died as a result of injuries suffered when he fell to his death from the back of a moving school bus. According to news reports, Jeremy Jennings, Jr. displayed behavioral issues that would have justified the bus driver to pull over to address the behavior to properly maintain order on the bus. Better bus and behavior management may have avoided this most tragic incident. You can read more about this story at Boy Falls to His Death in Baltimore Maryland Out of Moving School Bus.

See also Special Needs Student Dies After Falling from Bus – Legal Rights of the Child and His Family.

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