School Bus Accidents
The NHTSA has reported that an average of 17,000 children require emergency care after school bus accidents each year in the United States. Parents, educators, and community leaders all trust that the buses they engage in transporting children and students are safe. Indeed, it seems a logical assumption that vehicles designed specifically to carry children would be among the safest vehicles on our roads.
Tragically, this is not always the case, and every year students suffer catastrophic injuries and even death as a result of unsafe school bus transportation. The law goes to great lengths to ensure the protection of these small and vulnerable passengers, and parties who have suffered as a result of a school bus accident may be entitled to compensation.
School Bus Safety
Shockingly, most school buses do not come equipped with seatbelts or any type of safety harness. A lack of passenger restraint, combined with slippery bench seats and an immense cabin, can lead to disastrous or even deadly injuries in the event of a crash or sudden movement, especially for smaller school bus passengers.
Because of school buses' classification as "common carriers", school bus drivers and the companies that own and maintain school buses have a higher level of responsibility to their passengers than do operators of private vehicles. Additionally, the fact that school buses are most commonly used to transport children has led to safety laws concerning school buses that are especially strict. School bus drivers, maintenance technicians, and the companies who own school buses are all legally obligated to ensure the safety of school bus passengers. When one of these parties is negligent in this responsibility, victims need the support of a compassionate attorney to ensure that they are properly compensated.
Locate a School Bus Accident Lawyer
If you or a child you love has been injured or worse as a result of a school bus accident, it is important that you understand your rights. Please contact a school bus accident lawyer in your area through our nationwide legal network. An experienced and aggressive attorney will help you navigate the complex legal system and will work to ensure that you are justly compensated for your damages.