What is the safest part of a school bus trip? We’re not sure anyone has the exact data to answer such a question, but we venture to guess that many would say that the safest moment is when our children get off the vehicle.

Unfortunately, that didn’t prove true for two Jefferson County siblings earlier this month. Officials say the 14-year-old boy and his 13-year-old sister were run over by a pickup truck pulling a trailer just after they stepped off their bus at the entrance to their family’s driveway.

Today, the boy is said to be out of the hospital, but on crutches. His sister, however, remains hospitalized in intensive care from this vehicle accident

Her injuries are such that she underwent spine surgery last week. While she reportedly came out of the operation well, doctors say she now is looking at about a three-month stint in the hospital. They say she faces a lot of physical therapy in the future. One report about her condition says that therapy could last years.

The man who was behind the wheel of the pickup truck reportedly claims he just didn’t see the bus. Officials say that when he did he apparently slammed on the breaks and lost control of his vehicle. He’s been cited for failing to drive in a single lane, operating an unregistered trailer and safety chain violations.

That authorities have leveled charges of some kind in this case is likely comforting for many. But the case also serves as a reminder that victims of accidents have a right to seek compensation for the financial and physical suffering they endure as a result of someone’s negligence. Contacting an attorney is the way to learn and explore all the options.

Source: KFDM-TV, “Hamshire-Fannett Student Remains In Hospital Following Accident,” Feb. 18, 2014