In a scene out of every parent’s worst nightmare, a van carrying children from a day care center crashed on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 during the evening rush hour. Fourteen children ranging in age from five months to nine years old were in the van with two adults. The van accident occurred when the driver of the van swerved off the road and hit a tree on Algonquin Parkway near Wingfield Avenue. What caused the driver to swerve is still unknown. Unfortunately, what is known is that the van crash killed one adult, left the driver in critical condition, and injured all 14 kids aboard in varying degrees. All of the children were admitted to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky and the adults were taken to University Hospital in Louisville. As of Wednesday morning, June 13, 2012, it appeared that four of the children had been released from the hospital, three were in the intensive care unit (ICU), and nine were still in the hospital on a regular floor. A spokeswoman for Kosair said the children in ICU were stable and the injuries of all the children ranged from bumps and bruises to head trauma and broken bones.
There are a variety of factors that may have contributed to this accident. When driving a van or bus full of children, a driver can become distracted by an altercation between the riders, a child being out of their seat, or a sudden loud noise. Taking one’s eyes off the road for just a few seconds to look in the rearview mirror is enough to cause the van to leave the road or drift into another lane, prompting overcorrection. There may have been a mechanical problem with the van, which would mean the company that owns the van could be partially at fault for the accident. The driver may have had a medical condition that caused her to black out or lose control of the van. The officials investigating the accident will attempt to piece together exactly what happened in the moments leading up to the accident. If it is found that the van driver was at fault or the vehicle had mechanical issues, insurance claims and personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits may need to be filed on behalf of the victims.
Friends and relatives of the children were trying to remain calm and optimistic. This is important to do for the children’s sakes and their own. One of the relatives mentioned brain damage to a reporter, but the hospital representative said it is too premature to say whether there will be lasting mental effects from the head trauma or if the kids will all fully recover. Sometimes situations get sensationalized through media reports and it can be easy to lose sight of the truth. A personal injury marketing agency can help by staying focused on the facts and dealing with claims or legal matters that arise while the victims and their families concentrate on healing.