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Kindergarten class field trip takes a turn for the worse on Route 213

Most of us like to believe that we will never be involved in a serious car accident. We like to think that if we drive safely and follow the rules of the road, we can avoid the pain and suffering that often follow a car crash. Safe driving habits certainly help reduce the likelihood of a collision but, unfortunately, anyone can become a car accident victim. Even the most cautious drivers can get caught up in an accident caused by another driver's negligence.

Most road accidents happen in the blink of an eye. One unexpected obstacle can send your vehicle flying into the ditch, as a Maryland kindergarten class can testify. A group of kindergarteners were on their way to Washington D.C. for a school field trip last week when a bus accident left 17 people injured.

Maryland State Police found the bus lying on its side in a field near Route 213. Of the vehicle's 35 passengers, including the kindergarten class and their supervisors, 16 suffered minor injuries while one adult was airlifted from the crash site to a nearby Baltimore trauma center.

According to police investigators, the accident occurred when the bus driver was forced to swerve in order to avoid colliding with an SUV. The 49-year-old driver of the SUV reportedly caused the bus driver to make a sudden turn, striking a utility pole alongside the highway.

This accident is just one example of how quickly a sudden car accident can change a person's life, potentially leaving them with serious and expensive injuries. Car crash victims can file for damage compensation in order to gain financial assistance dealing with these unexpected costs.

Source: WBOC, "17 Injured in Queen Anne's County Bus Crash." 12 May 2011

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