Disney Faces Wrongful Death Suit after Fatal Bus Accident
A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the Disney Corporation by the family of a 9-year-old boy who died in a bus accident on Walt Disney World property this past April. The young boy was riding his bicycle near Fort Wilderness when he lost control of the vehicle. The bicycle collided with the bus and was pulled under its wheels.
Florida Highway Patrol investigators determined that the bus accident was caused by a flat tire on the boy’s bicycle. Investigators classified the bike as being in “unsafe” condition. The bus driver was not charged with any wrongdoing as a result of the incident.
The boy was riding with an 11-year-old girl at the time. She was not injured in the bus accident. The wrongful death claim filed by the boy’s family alleges that Disney’s sidewalks and bus system are not safe. They are seeking at least $15,000 in damages.
Based on the reports filed by Florida Highway Patrol investigators, it seems like this lawsuit may be an uphill battle for the boy’s family. The evidence did not indicate any negligence on the part of the bus driver, and the boy’s bike tires were considered a primary cause of the bus accident. Generally, in order to receive compensation in a wrongful death claim, the victim must prove that the defendant’s negligent actions directly led to the injury. In this case, the boy’s family must find evidence that Disney did not take the proper safety precautions to minimize the damage caused by a freak accident resulting from the victim’s improperly functioning bike.