In the State of Florida, children enrolled in day care centers are often transported to and from the day care center by transporation provided by the day care center or an indepedent school transportation company. Often, day care center vans are used to transport the children. Passenger vans – especially the longer and larger vans – at times roll over when involved in automobile accidents in the State of Florida as well as the rest of the United States. These rollover accidents can and do result in serious personal injuries to the children and as well as the adult occupants of the van. When a child is injured in a day care center van rollover accident, it is important that the child is properly assessment and evaluated for musculoskeletal injuries, head injuries, internal injuries, and other complications that result from the crash. The scene at day care center van rollover accidents can be quite disturbing especially when a person sees a day care center van flipped over and resting on the roof of the van. Several questions or issues come to mind in the wake of a day care center van rollover accident:
How many children were in the van?
What are the manufacturer guidelines for the van as to seating? seatbelts? other safety features?
What was the speed of the van at the time of the crash?
What was the speed of other vehicles (if any) that were involved in the crash?
Was the day care center van at fault or negligence with respect to the operation or driving of the vehicle?
Were other drivers at fault or negligence with respect to the operation or driving of the other vehicles?
Was the accident or crash avoidable?
Which police agency appeared at the scene of the accident?
Was a citation issued to any of the drivers for causing or contributing to causing the crash or accident?
Who is responsible for the medical bill?
What injuries were sustained by each child?
Were seatbelts available for use on the day care center van? Were seatbelts in use on the day care center van?
Was the day care center van insured? What insurance benefits are available for the injured child?
Were the other vehicles involved in the crash insured? What insurance benefits are available for the injured child?
There are two good books that are available to parents dealing with the above and other issues. These books are free. When the Wheels Stop Spinning – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Parents Should Know After the Accident – has chapters on Automobile Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Day Care Center Transportation, and other topics. You can get this book for free at When the Wheels Stop Spinning. The book – Florida Day Care Center Injuries – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – Building Blocks of Knowledge for Parents – has chapters on Incident Reports, Emergency Procedures, Transporation, Staffing, and other topics. You can get this book for free at Florida Day Care Center Injuries.
A recent crash in Jacksonville, Florida is being investigated by local law enforcement. It was reported that 9 children were injured in a day care center van rollover accident. The large white van was photographed and shown to be flipped over on its roofed and the van was later placed on a flatbed truck and removed from the accident scene. You can read more about this incident at 9 Children Injured in Day Care Center Van Rollover Crash in Jacksonville (Duval County) Florida.