School buses are entrusted with transporting our precious kids. Even though the likelihood of a fatality occurring while school buses take our kids to and from school is substantially low, a large number of people are injured every year as a result of a school bus accident. Victims of school bus accidents are entitled to compensation and should contact a school bus accident lawyer as soon as possible.

School Bus Accident Statistics 1990-2009

Unfortunately, over the last two decades over 2,800 people were killed in school transportation-related accidents that either involved school buses or vehicles functioning as school buses (NHTSA Data Source1,Source 2).

Occupants of vehicles other than buses made up the largest number of fatalities (1970 in total). Non-occupants such as pedestrians and bicycle riders made up roughly 22% of total fatalities, while school bus occupants represented approximately 7% of the fatalities.

School Bus Related Fatalities 1990-2009 (2,836Fatalities)BusOccupantsNon-occupa…Other VehicleOccupants7%22.8%70.1%

70% of fatalities were among occupants of vehicles other than school buses.

Who Can Be Held Responsible in a School Bus Accident?

Depending on who is involved in a bus accident, the following parties may be held liable for accidents involving a school bus:

  • School Bus Driver
  • Other Drivers
  • School District
  • School Board
  • Bus Repair/Maintenance Company

California Education Code § 44808 states that children on school property, those who are taken to and from school premises, and those participating in school-sponsored activities are owed reasonable care under the circumstances. This means that the school board, the district or any of its employees can be held responsible for negligent conduct.

An experienced school bus accident lawyer will thoroughly examine all of the evidence in order to determine the cause and the identity of responsible parties.

Types of School Bus Accidents

Statistics show that most school bus accidents involve a head-on collision. Typically, a car or a stationary object is involved in such collisions. Injuries vary from minor cuts and bruises to loss of life. In high speed accidents where a bus hits a car, the driver of the car can suffer catastrophic injuries due to the sheer force of the impact.

Catastrophic injuries also result in accidents involving a bicyclist or a pedestrian. Common types of accidents occur when a bus hits a pedestrian or a cyclist who is crossing a street. In these types of accidents chances of sustaining a brain injury or fatality are extremely high.

What to Do Following a School Bus Accident

If you or a loved one were injured in a school bus accident, first and foremost seek medical attention. As obvious as that may sound, some people who “feel okay” jeopardize their claim for compensation by not seeking proper medical attention and or treatment.

Seek medical attention to avoid jeopardizing your claim.

Due to complexity of bus accident cases, you are advised to contact an experienced school bus accident lawyer as soon as possible. Unlike insurance companies, our attorneys have your best interests in mind.

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