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Iowa student crossing the street hit by University of Iowa bus

Pedestrians are among the most vulnerable people on the road. Unlike cars, pedestrians do not have the benefit of airbags, seat belts and other safety devices if they are in an accident. Instead, people on the road must rely on motorists to comply with traffic laws and stay focused on the road so that they do not cause a serious pedestrian accident.

People who are walking or jogging on the road generally observe traffic signals and use crosswalks and sidewalks properly. Despite these moves to stay safe, however, too many people are hurt by a driver who is not paying attention or does not see a pedestrian. These negligent drivers can certainly be held responsible for the damage and injuries, which are often significant, that are sustained in these types of accidents.

Recently, for example, a 20-year-old woman took legal action against a bus driver who failed to see her when she was crossing the street. According to reports, the young woman is a student at the University of Iowa and was crossing the street near campus. As she did, a campus-owned bus crashed into her. The impact of the hit cracked the windshield on the bus, and the woman was knocked to the ground and ended up underneath the bus.

The victim was transported to the hospital where she was treated for her injuries. Since then, the young woman has filed a lawsuit against the university and the bus driver for failure to keep proper look out, yield to the pedestrian, and keep the bus under control. Further, it is being claimed that the bus was driving too fast at the time, and the driver never sounded his horn.

The woman is requesting compensation for the mental, physical and emotional pain she has suffered as a result of the accident.

Source: The Gazette, "Iowa student struck by Cambus suing university, driver," Hayley Bruce, April 1, 2013

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