When parents send their little daughters and sons to school, they do so in the hope that their children will learn something of value. Even more importantly, they hope that their children will stay safe. Unfortunately, that is often not the case. There have been incidents nationwide of violence in schools and motor vehicle accidents involving school buses.

The latter happened recently when a bus was transporting 48 students was traveling on Interstate 495 on a recent Tuesday morning in Andover, Massachusetts. The students were from a Lowell school called Pyne Arts Magnet. As a part of the program that they are enrolled in, they were on their way to the Museum of Science for an educational field trip.

Before they could get there, however, their bus was in a crash with a tractor-trailer. Despite the sheer size of each vehicle involved, there were no serious injuries to the students and staff members in the bus or to the drivers of either vehicle. Two students were treated for minor cuts and scrapes. Since the students were ages 9 and 10 years old, they were undoubtedly emotionally shaken up, so hopefully, their families and teachers were able to talk about the incident with them.

As of this writing, there has not been any public confirmation of charges having been filed. Massachusetts State Police have affirmed that the crash is still under investigation, so the cause of this motor vehicle accident will be determined and charges may then be filed against the individual deemed to be responsible for it.

People in accidents like this can pursue legal action even when there are only minor injuries. They can also pursue legal action based upon the trauma and other emotional stress that was suffered because of the accident.