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Friday, March 13, 2015
Recovering From School Bus Accidents
many different transportation options for your child to get to and from school,
including walking, riding a bicycle, carpooling in a car, and more. However,
one of the most popular ways for children to travel is by riding the school
bus. Not only do school buses eliminate millions of cars from the roads each
day, but school buses are also widely thought to be the safest way for your
child to travel to school each day. This is because school buses are designed
specifically to avoid tipping or rolling over in the event of a collision and
are reinforced to protect the young passengers on board. The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that while over 33,500 individuals died1 in general motor vehicle crashes in
general in 2012, only an average of 19 children die in accidents related to school
transportation on an annual basis.
agree to allow your child to travel by school bus, you should be able to expect
that your child will arrive at school and back home in a safe condition. While
accidents involving school buses are relatively rare, they do occur and
children riding the bus can sustain serious injuries. If your child is injured
during a school bus ride, you should expect that whoever was responsible for
the accident should be held liable for any losses you incurred due to the
injuries. However, school bus accidents can often be quite complicated and
recovery is not always as easy as you may imagine. For this reason, your first
call should be to an experienced personal injury attorney at the Dolman Law
Group who understands the unique nature of school bus injury cases.
causes of school bus injuries
think of school bus injuries, you likely immediately think of an incident in
which the school bus collides with another vehicle or object. There are many
different parties who may be responsible for school bus collisions for various
reasons. Some examples of negligence that may cause this type of accident
include the following:
bus driver error, including distracted driving, impaired driving, fatigued
driving, not having the proper training or license, violating traffic laws, and
other reckless driving behaviors.
maintenance of the school bus resulting in malfunctions.
road hazards or conditions that cause a bus driver to lose control.
party driver errors.
collisions do cause a number of the injuries suffered on school buses, there
are many other ways in which injuries can occur in a school bus setting. For
and fall accidents while entering or exiting the school bus
and fall accidents in the aisle of the bus
or poorly maintained windows that can seriously injure finger or arms
seats that can cause a child to fall or become trapped
from other students that occur due to inadequate supervision by bus personnel
planned school bus stops that result in pedestrian accidents
how your child suffered injury on the school bus, any negligent parties that
contributed to the injury should be held accountable for their actions.
in school bus accident cases
deserve to fully recover for your child's injuries and losses, school bus
accident cases can be complicated. Many different parties may be liable for
your losses depending on what type of entity owned the school bus. For example,
buses can be owned by public school districts, private school districts,
churches or similar organizations, or a private company that contracts the
buses to a school. The legal issue that may arise in your school bus accident
case will vary depending on the cause of the injury, who owned the bus, and
other factors. For this reason, you should always make sure to choose a
personal injury lawyer who understands the complexities of this type of case.
Clearwater personal injury lawyer for help today
child has sustained any type of injury on a school bus, please do not hesitate
to call a personal injury attorney at the Dolman Law Group to discuss a
possible case today. We offer free consultations, so please call us at
727-451-6900 for help. Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher
Road Clearwater, FL 33756 (727) 451-6900