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Bus Accident at Indiana Daycare

Steve Wagner

There was more trouble at an Indiana daycare center this month when the state had to issue a “plan of correction” to Smiley’s Early Learning Center after a bus crashed in their parking lot.

There were children on board during the incident, and although no one was injured, thankfully, a post-accident investigation found several violations on the bus. Many of the issues are ones that should have been caught in regular inspections, including the fact that the bus did not have valid insurance. The driver of the bus also did not have a chauffeur’s license, which is required for that type of passenger vehicle.

Further investigation into the facility noted that many of the staff members who share bus-duty were also missing this license, as well as other crucial paperwork like CPR and first aid certifications, criminal background checks and drug tests.

As has been the trend over the last few years, daycare centers (whether licensed or unlicensed) struggle with negligent caretakers, and many even try to cut financial corners, often putting the children they care for at risk. The new director of Smiley’s says she inherited the problems with this center, and is currently formulating a plan to correct all of the issues. She was given until January 29th to come up with a plan and submit it to the Family and Social Services Administration.

If your child has suffered an injury due to daycare negligence, give the lawyers at Wagner Reese a call and find out more information about how we can help you and your family recover.


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