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Woman sues over car accident in school's student pickup line

Kids are back to school and parents are back in line to drop them off and pick them up. In addition to the parents' cars, there are school buses with which to contend. Any Baton Rouge parent who sits in these lines knows that space can be at a premium. It may not seem like a car accident that occurs under these conditions could result in serious injury, but that is not always the case.

A Louisiana driver was sitting in line in May 2014. According to the lawsuit she filed in the 19th Judicial District Court here in Baton Rouge, a school bus crashed into the front end of her car. She claims that she suffered numerous injuries to her back, leg and neck as a result.

When she went to the emergency room, it was discovered that she was suffering from a bulging disc in her back. Medical personnel at Ochsner Medical Center recommended that she undergo surgery to correct it. The lawsuit is filed against the bus driver and the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board. The bus driver is accused of failing to control the school bus, driving too fast for the turn the driver took and failing to see the victim's vehicle.

The plaintiff will be required to provide the court with appropriate evidence that establishes that the driver was, in fact, negligent in causing or contributing to the collision. If the court rules that the driver was negligent, it may consider awarding the damages the woman is seeking. She is asking the court for damages, such as her medical expenses and pain and suffering, among others that are often awarded in car accident cases.

Source: louisianarecord.com, "Mother claims bus driver ran into her car while she was waiting to pick up daughter from school", Brandon Caples, Aug. 19, 2015

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