Family of Child Killed by Disney Resort Bus Settles Lawsuit

Posted on September 12, 2012

The family of a 9-year-old boy who was killed by a Disney bus at the Walt Disney World Resort has settled a lawsuit with the international entertainment company.

The boy was riding his bike with a friend at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort on April 1, 2010 when he rolled into the side of a passing Disney resort bus. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the boy was run over by the bus’s rear tire. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the fatal bike accident.

Although the FHP found the bus driver was not at fault, the family brought a negligence lawsuit against Disney and the driver anyway. The lawsuit claimed that the road on which the boy had been hit had not been properly designed to keep bicyclists and pedestrians safe from harm.

The family’s attorney said, “They created a foreseeable zone of danger where they knew children and pedestrians would be.”

The lawsuit claimed that the boy died because the sidewalk was too close to the road, the bus driver hadn’t received adequate breaks, and the vehicle had been improperly maintained. The FHP contended that the crash happened because the child was riding on a flat tire he shouldn’t have been riding on. The family’s attorney countered that they had findings from experts who disagreed with the FHP conclusion.

The lawsuit has been dismissed and the terms of the settlement were not revealed.

If you believe that negligence by an individual or institution has led to an avoidable death, the Orlando wrongful death lawyers at Farah & Farah would like to talk to you about your legal options. We will diligently research your case and will follow all leads in the pursuit of fair compensation for your family. We’re at (800) 533-3555.

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