Protecting Your Children After A School Bus Accident
It is estimated that more than 23 million children ride to and from classes on school buses every single day in California and all across the U.S. Statistically speaking, school buses are a safer alternative to driving your child to and from school by car. However, it does not change the fact that school bus accidents do happen from time to time.
How Safe Are School Buses For Children?
If you are wondering, “What’s the safest method of transportation for my child?” the following statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will definitely be useful:
- Riding a school bus is 13 times safer than riding in a passenger car
- Riding a school bus is 10 times safer than walking to school
Our school bus accident attorney at The Hayes Law Firm explains that despite school buses being the safest mode of transportation for children, thousands of American school-aged children still get injured in school bus accidents each year, largely due to someone’s failure to provide safe transportation.
Who’s Liable If My Child Gets Injured On A School Bus?
There are several parties that may be sued for their failure to ensure the safety of children who ride to and from their school on school buses:
- The driver of the school bus
- The manufacturer of the school bus and its parts and components
- The company or bus mechanic who conducted inspections and maintenance of the school bus
- The company or government entity who hired, trained and supervised the school bus driver
- Another motorist who caused the school bus crash
When any person, company or public entity fails to ensure the safety of children who ride in school buses, and these children suffer injuries or harm in school bus accidents, the injured child – or, to be more precise, the child’s parent – is entitled to pursue a personal injury claim against the liable party.
Determining Liability For A School Bus Accident
Determining liability for a school bus accident may be tricky if you are not represented by an experienced school bus accident attorney. Drivers of school buses are held to a higher standard of care because they are transporting children, the most vulnerable group of people. On top of physical injuries, being in a school bus can cause the child a tremendous amount of pain and suffering as well as inflict lifelong psychological or emotional trauma.
If any party failed to keep children safe or endangered their safety when riding in a school bus, the parents of the injured kids may be able to recover damages by filing a personal injury claim and suing the liable parties. In fact, personal injury lawsuits filed against the liable party(s) collectively by several parents have a higher success rate.
Causes Of School Bus Accidents
When determining liability for a school bus accident and evaluating your damages and losses, it is also important to determine what caused the accident in the first place. Some of the most common causes of accidents involving school buses include but are not limited to:
- Failure to obey traffic laws
- Lack of or negligent training and supervision of bus drivers
- Overloading of the school bus
- Poor road conditions
- Bad weather conditions
- Distracted driver or distracted pedestrian
- Failure to maintain a safe distance
- Braking abruptly
- Beginning to drive when the children have not entered or exited the school bus (during the pick-up and drop-off)
If it is horrific to be in a car accident for an adult, imagine what it’s like being in a motor vehicle accident for a school-aged child. You need to properly evaluate your damages and losses prior to filing a personal injury claim.
Don’t Wait; Call Today
Do not forget to consider any psychological, emotional and mental effects that this school bus accident may have on your child. Contact The Hayes Law Firm to schedule a free consultation and evaluate your particular case. Call our offices at 323-693-1052.