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Baltimore residents have heard the messages before about the importance of wearing a seat belt when they hit the road. Of course, for students riding the bus on the way to school, the issue of wearing a seat belt is a different matter, which can result in bus accident injuries.

For instance, a student, along with two drivers, were recently taken to a hospital after an accident involving a school bus and a car. The accident occurred after the driver of the car swiped the bus during an attempted turn. Fortunately, the student was not injured in the accident, and the drivers suffered only minor injuries.

It was reported that the driver of the bus was wearing a seat belt during the accident. It was not clear whether the others involved were wearing seat belts, however.

If a person was not wearing a seat belt in an accident, it can affect whether that person can recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit. In some states, the failure to wear a seat belt can negate or reduce damages. This is because injuries are typically aggravated when people are not wearing seat belts in an accident.

Accordingly, as with all other issues involving liability and damages, it is essential for those involved in an accident to consult an experienced attorney. The attorney can advise the person whether their failure to wear a seat belt in the accident will affect a potential lawsuit. The attorney can also help determine issues involving liability, and what damages may be recoverable.

Source: Baltimore Sun, "Four injured in school bus accident on Route 97," Luke Lavoie, Nov. 16, 2012

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