School Bus Accidents
What if the unthinkable happens. Your child is injured in a school bus accident. You may ask, “Do I have a case if my child is injured in a school bus accident?
When your child rides to and from school on a school bus, you are entrusting the safety of your child, first and foremost, to the person who drives that school bus each day. You are also entrusting the safety of your child to the school district who hires the bus driver and the manufacturer of the school bus.
It is a fact that more than 500,000 school buses take children to school and back in the United States. Unfortunately, no matter how careful school bus drivers are, accidents are going to happen. Statistics indicate that around 10,000 injuries take place to children on school buses every year in the United States. Tragically, 20 people are killed each year in school bus accidents.
Reasons for Bus Accidents
There are several reasons why school bus accidents take place. Some of these are:
- Children who fall either on the steps of the bus or the bus itself
- Defective equipment
- Driver negligence or error
- Children who get struck as they walk behind or in front of a school bus
- The bus colliding with another object or vehicle as it is being driven
You have a case against school bus accidents
No matter what causes a school bus accident, you do have a case where you can bring a lawsuit to recover for your child’s injuries.
The issue is who is to be held liable and responsible for the school bus accident. The investigation into a school bus accident may last for several weeks before a final determination is made on what caused the accident.
You should also remember that the driver, school district and bus manufacturer are only liable for the safety of your child when they are actually on the bus and being driven to and from school. They are not liable if your child is injured on the way to the bus stop.
There is the possibility that more than one party can be held liable for the school bus accident. These include:
- The driver of the bus - The driver may he held liable, as well as his or her employer. An employer may be held liable for the actions of one of their employees when they are carrying out their job for their employer.
- The manufacturer of the bus - The bus manufacturer may be held responsible for the accident if it is determined that the accident resulted from a design defect in the bus.
- The school district - If the school district hired the bus driver, it may be indirectly liable. If the school district knew that the bus driver had a negligent driving record and still permitted them to drive a school bus, the school district may have other charges brought against it.
- A third party - This may be things like another person, a bad traffic signal or faulty road maintenance.
If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, the best thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.