School Bus Accidents and What To Do
School bus transportation is one of the most common forms of mass transit in the United States.
Millions of students ride school buses every year.
For many children, riding the school bus is both a convenient form of transportation and a part of the school experience.
Parents rely on drivers to take every precaution with their children, and they trust the school district to hire and train reliable and dependable drivers.
But when an accident occurs, the results can be tragic.
According to the Transportation Department of the Federal Highway Traffic Safety Administration (FMSCA), there were more than 764,000 registered buses in the United States in 2012.
This includes many types of buses designed to carry more than 10 passengers (excluding the driver), such as school buses and transit buses.
In 2011, statistics indicated that there were 450,000 school buses on the streets every day.
- Number of children injured in school buses per year: 12,000
- Deaths from school bus accidents per year: 11
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Who Is Responsible For School Bus Accidents?
In the event of a collision between a school bus and another vehicle, where the accident is caused by the bus driver, the accident investigation is like any other accident.
Ideally a police report will be filed from a responding officer.
These reports must clearly include: the names of those involved, the vehicles’ information, and it is also important to collect the names of witnesses who can prove that the fault is on the driver.
However, there are many cases in which many other parties could hold responsibility in the accident, which is why, to receive maximum compensation from your injuries, it is critical that you hire a California school bus accident attorney.
Your lawyer will do a complete investigation of your case to establish that the cause of the accident was the negligence of the school bus driver; and/or the district for which the driver works.
Negligence is defined as omission, and lack of care and prudence of a person or company under the same circumstances.
How Much Is a School Bus Accident Settlement Worth?
This is one of the most common questions we are asked at Avrek Law.
Below is a basic overview of some factors that can affect your claim. Your lawyer at Avrek Law will help you understand the entire process.
- Temporary disability.
- Permanent disability.
When talking about permanent disability, we are referring to the aftereffects, discomforts, and residual pain suffered after a traffic accident.
The permanent disability will then be any limitation, pain, or injury resulting from an accident that persists after the healing period.
- Other factors.
In addition to temporary incapacity and permanent disability, there are other corrective factors that must be taken into account when assessing compensation for school bus accidents.
They are called correction factors and there are a large number of these, although the most important is the one that assesses how injuries affect the completion of the tasks of the injured person’s professional activity.
School Bus Drop-off Points
- Pick-up stops
They should be located in places where the visibility and circulation of other drivers are not obstructed: in straight sections and with direct access to the pedestrian road.
Signaling is very important for children and for other drivers: establishing a safety zone where children can wait for the arrival of the school bus without risks.
- Drop-off points
Located near the access door: in those schools where there are different entrances, it is highly recommended to leave an exclusive door for children who access through the school bus, differentiated from those who do on foot.
Always avoid having children cross a street when getting off or on the bus.
The stop should not obstruct the access to the school, or pose a risk for children who access on foot, or for other drivers.
It is recommended that a fixed and well-marked stop gets marked so as to inform other drivers and pedestrians that this space is exclusive to the school bus.
Common Injuries From Bus Accidents
We all know that children are full of energy and have a hard time sitting still.
This combination is trouble when talking about school bus accidents.
Below is a list of common injuries reported from school bus accidents.
- Brain and head injuries – These wounds are among the most serious and debilitating of all injuries suffered by victims of bus accidents. Symptoms of head injuries following an accident include memory loss, chronic headaches, potential loss of vision, and changes in cognition or mental capacity prior to injury.
- Neck injury – Victims of bus accidents often suffer from neck injuries.
- Back and spinal injuries – The spine and back are the most vulnerable parts of the body that can experience serious injuries in the event of a bus crash.
- Death – The most serious result of any bus accident is death.
- Broken bones – school bus accidents are serious and a common injury is broken bones.
- Whiplash – whiplash and concussions are injuries sometimes suffered from those involved in school bus accidents
Common Causes of School Bus Crashes
There are a variety of conditions and factors that can cause a bus accident.
- Driver error – speeding, fatigued driving,
- Distracted driving- this includes accidents involving sending text messages or talking on phone
- Poorly maintained vehicles – tire blowouts
- Defective vehicle parts
- Poor road conditions
- Incorrectly trained and qualified drivers
- Driving while intoxicated
In addition to driver errors and negligence of the bus company, bus accidents can also occur as a result of another driver’s negligence.
Regardless of whether it is a car accident or a bus accident, this implies that negligent bus drivers need to be held accountable.
It is also especially dangerous for children to take their school buses from 3 to 4PM, since there is more traffic going on during this time of the day.
Whatever the cause of your accident, you can rest assured that the Avrek law firm has the unbreakable experience and ethics of working to meet your demand.
Do I need a lawyer?
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving a bus, there is a high probability that the negligence of the bus driver has been the main factor for the accident, which means that the driver was perhaps reckless, took no precautions, etc., and your family may be entitled to compensation for damages.
But it is important that you contact an expert lawyer in these types of cases; here at Avrek Law have the appropriate knowledge and experience to represent you and your loved ones.
We have the experience to face these drivers and bus companies so they can be held responsible for the damages they have caused.