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Parents file lawsuit against school after son's death

The parents of a 17-year-old boy are pursuing legal action against a Texas school district after their son died in an ATV accident on his teacher's land. He was driving a four-wheeler with a passenger March 21, 2012 when it went into a ditch and struck a tree. Both occupants were ejected from the ATV, and the driver died at the scene. The other student suffered cuts and scratches. Neither student was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The wrongful death lawsuit names the district, the school principal and the owners of the property where the accident occurred.

The lawsuit alleges that the teacher took the students out of school without the permission of parents to his ranch to help prepare for an upcoming county fair. Reports suggest that the teenagers did not have a driver's license and did not know how to handle the four-wheeler. They were coming back from fixing a fence for the teacher when they lost control of the ATV.

The family is seeking an unspecified amount in damages as well as a jury trial. The teacher remains employed at the same school, and the principal has since transferred to an elementary school. However, the school's attorney said that the change was not related to the death of the teenager.

Through personal injury and wrongful death claims, individuals who have sustained damages because of the actions of another party may be able to obtain compensation If the parents in this case are able to provide evidence that the teacher, the principal or the school district were negligent in their care of the children, the claim may be successful, and the family might be awarded funds that reimburse them for the cost of medical and final expenses that resulted from the accident.

Source: The Eagle, "Wrongful death lawsuit filed in ATV crash that killed Hearne teen", Caitlin Perrone, December 15, 2013

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