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School buses in Edmond are equipped with flashing red lights and swinging stop signs for a reason: to alert motorists that the bus has stopped to pick up or drop off students so that drivers will stop and wait. Children entering or exiting a school bus are vulnerable to road traffic. They must depend on drivers to pay attention, yield to stopped buses and not try to drive around.

A driver’s failure to abide by these safety measures can easily cause a tragedy. It appears this is what happened in a wrongful death lawsuit filed outside of Oklahoma recently. The parents of a 6-year-old girl are suing a driver who struck and killed their daughter as she was about to get aboard her school bus. The girl’s sister was also hit but survived.

Authorities say the driver’s truck was on the shoulder of the road when it struck the girls. It is not clear, but it is possible the driver was attempting to go around the bus instead of stopping and waiting for the bus to finish picking up the girls. The family’s wrongful death lawsuit does not currently go into details about the driver’s negligence.

The victims of wrongful death

In wrongful death litigation, there typically are two levels of compensation: compensation for the deceased, such as for their pain and suffering, medical treatment and funeral costs, and compensation for their parents, children, or spouse for things like loss of companionship and mental anguish. If you have experienced the loss of a loved one in a preventable incident, a personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights.