15 Injured in Virginia School Bus-Van Collision

By Peter DePaolis

Last month, a school bus and a van collided head-on at approximately 8:20 a.m. in Suffolk, Virginia. The bus accident occurred when the 32-year-old van driver reportedly fell asleep at the wheel and veered across the double lines into oncoming traffic. Twenty-five students, grades 2 to five, were aboard the bus at the time of the van-bus collision.

The school bus driver suffered minor injuries, and rescue workers took at least six students to a hospital. Doctors treated and released all of the students. The van driver suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries, and she is in fair condition. The van driver’s two children, ages 7-months and 5-years were passengers in the van, and their injuries were reportedly non-life-threatening as well.

Parents picked up the remaining students and authorities charged the van driver with reckless driving. The crash was the second school bus accident in less than a week. The week prior, an 80-year-old driver collided with a school bus as he left his driveway.

Automobile accidents and collisions can have multiple victims and cause long-term injuries. A Northern Virginia personal injury lawyer can help you receive fair and just compensation for your injuries. Contact experienced Virginia personal injury attorney Julie Heiden at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis for a free consultation.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.