17-Year-Old Crashes Vehicle Into Daycare

When parents leave their kids in a daycare center, they expect for their children to be well taken care of. This includes making sure that the daycare center is fully staffed and has positive reviews, routinely contacting the child’s teacher, and making sure that their child is safe. However, what happens when something occurs that is out of the control of a parent?

This is exactly what happened in a North Texas daycare center where a teenager drove a vehicle into a daycare’s side fence.

Driving Lesson with a Dangerous Result

At around 4:50 p.m., in a Primrose School in Frisco, eight people - five children and three adults, were left injured after a white Toyota Camry crashed into one of the school’s fences. According to reports, one teacher was hit after moving several kids to safety. Emergency responders transported the children and adults to a hospital, some via helicopter. One child was left in critical conditions.

According to the teenager’s father, the crash occurred during his son’s driving lessons that took place from the nearby driving school. The teenager was going to brake, but instead mistook the gas pedal with the brake pedal, causing the vehicle he was driving to crash into daycare’s fence.

The school released a statement later in the day giving their condolences to the children, parents, and the Primrose community.

Who is Responsible?

Determining who is at-fault (responsible for causing the accident) can be a tricky task in this situation. At an immediate glance, it could be determined that the teenager could be held responsible for the accident. However, it is important to note that he was taking driving lessons at the time of the accident. Could it be possible that the driving school can be held responsible? This may or may not be the case. If an injured adult or the parent of an injured child decides to file a personal injury lawsuit, determining fault we be decided by a personal injury attorney who will look at the police report and the liabilities of the driving school to determine what the best course of action to take is. Ultimately, the insurance company of the at-fault party will pay for the damages.

As mentioned in the beginning, even though parents do many things to make sure their kids are safe, there are things that are out of the parents’ control that can involve a child injury. When parent responds to an emergency call where their child is hurt, one of the most important things to keep in mind is to keep a focused mind on the emergency. This includes putting aside emotional reactions that could inhibit the ability to fully respond to the situation. In a moment of despair, having an alert mind and reacting in a fast manner are very important. Although it may be tempting to break into a panic attack, the parent should ask themselves, “what can I do to place my child into safety?” In a medical emergency, the ability to think fast and logically are two important tools that every parent should operate on.
Mark A. Anderson
Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer in Fort Worth, Texas
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