Can I File a Lawsuit if my Child was Injured in a School Bus AccidentCan I file a lawsuit if my child was injured in a school bus accident? This is a question you may be asking if your child was injured in a school bus accident.
Statistics indicate that around 25 million children ride on over 400,000 school buses to and from school daily in the United States. This accounts for more than 8 billion school bus trips to and from school each year.
One of safest
If your child rides a school bus to and from school, it should be comforting to know that statistics indicate a school bus is one of the safest means of travel in the United States. However, in spite of this fact, school bus accidents can and do happen.
In fact, approximately 17,000 children are sent to an emergency room each year as a result of a school bus accident. In addition, an average of 7 school-age children die each year in a school bus accident, and an average of 19 other school-age children are killed getting on and off of a school bus.
When you send your child to and from school on a school bus, you are entrusting the safety of your child to the person who drives the 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.
There are several reasons why a school bus accident occurs. These include:
Driver error or negligence
The bus colliding with another vehicle or object while it is being driven
Children who are struck when they walk in front or behind the school bus
Children who fall either on the bus itself or the steps of the bus.
No matter what the cause of a school bus accident may be, you are allowed to file a lawsuit to recover for your childs injuries. The issue is who will be held responsible and liable for the school bus accident. The investigation to determine this may last for several weeks.
It is important to know that the driver, bus manufacturer and school district are only liable for the safety of your child while your child is 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 also the possibility that more than one party may be held liable for a school bus accident. This includes the school bus driver, the school district and the manufacturer of the school bus.
In addition, what is known as a third party can also be held liable for a school bus accident. This can involve things like another person, faulty road maintenance or a bad traffic signal.
If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, remember this important thing. Whoever is held responsible and liable for the accident will have attorneys on their side. Be sure and have a personal injury attorney on your side who will make sure that you and your childs rights are protected, and you receive a full and just recovery for your childs injuries.
Article written by James Shugart
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