A Pennsylvania man was convicted yesterday for “triggering” a crash that led to a school bus tipping over on a PA highway last year. York Daily Record said James P. Irvin III, 47, was driving on a suspended license and upon attempting to illegally pass two tractor-trailer trucks on Lincoln Highway East, he hit another vehicle that was escorting the trucks which then resulted in that vehicle sideswiping the oncoming school bus [Source: WPXI]. The bus had been carrying 14 Lancaster Mennonite School students and two adults. Irvin then decided to flee the scene of the accident but was arrested a week later when officials eventually caught up with him.
As a result of the wreck, two students were left severely injured. A seven-year-old was pinned under the bus and had to spend nearly three weeks in the hospital. A 16-year-old had suffered a fractured vertebra. Nine other students were said to have suffered minor injuries as well.
Now, after an entire year has passed, Irvin’s case was presented before Lancaster County Judge Howard Knisely, although there was no jury present, where he was found guilty on all 70 charges which included nine felony counts of aggravated assault, aggravated assault by vehicle, and hit-and-run. A sentencing hearing is expected to be held in about three months where Irvin will receive the long list of penalties he is facing for all 70 counts filed against him. Judge Knisely also raised Irvin’s bail to $300,000 as prosecutors believe he is a flight risk.
 
And while one bus accident case is soon to be closed, allowing the families and children who have been affected by the incident to gain some sort of closure, another case might be opening.
 
WPXI reported yesterday as well that a bus was involved in an accident during the morning hours in downtown Pittsburgh. The incident occurred on the Boulevard of the Allies at the Liberty Bridge and no children were traveling on the bus at the time of the accident. The source did not report whether the bus driver or anyone else involved sustained any injuries as a result of the crash. However, in the event anyone was harmed, they may be able to recover compensation for the damages incurred.
Although not every bus collision requires a victim to sue, sometimes it is actually in a victim’s best interest to do so when the accident has impacted their life dramatically both physically and financially.
You see, when a person, whether it is a bus driver, a student, or another motorist sustains injuries in a bus accident caused by a negligent individual, they generally can collect from their insurance carrier to cover things like medical bills and property damage, but they might be entitled to more. The fact is, a bus accident is a traumatic experience and everyone is going to handle the aftermath of it differently. And that is why anyone who has recently been involved in a bus collision in PA brings their case to bus accident attorney in Pittsburgh who can assess it and determine what forms of action need to be taken.
In some instances, it is in the best interest of a victim to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver or even the school district if it was the bus driver’s fault. However, in other instances, the victim and the at-fault might be able to come to an agreement on how much should be awarded for all the pain and distress the incident caused the victim to suffer from.
But, again, this should be left up to a knowledgeable and qualified Pittsburgh, PA bus crash attorney to decide. And if you happen to need help locating a professional in the Pittsburgh area, contact USAttorneys.com and we will help you locate someone now.

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