The Kansas Supreme Court recently ruled that an insurance policy covering student athlete travel should cover crash injuries suffered by a school soccer player who had been riding in the back of a teammate’s pickup truck on the way to a match.
In the case of Rodriguez v. United Sch. Dist. No. 500, the 10th grader, once active with a bright future, sustained permanent traumatic brain injuries that rendered him in need of 24-7 care for the rest of his life.
The question before the court was whether a under applicable state laws, school district policies and administrative guidelines the crash, which occurred in a private vehicle driven by another student, was considered “covered travel.” That’s the phrase that’s listed in the insurance policy, and that’s what the court was attempting to determine. The insurer insisted the travel was not covered, while the injured student’s parents, suing on his behalf, argued that it was.