According to the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), school buses are the safest method for kids to get to and from school. As safe as these vehicles can be, every year thousands of children are injured in school bus accidents. Fortunately, Georgia law can allow for victims of school bus accidents are their families to recover for their injuries by filing a personal injury claim. Due to the complicated legal issues that may arise in school bus accident cases, those affected should be sure to contact an experienced Fayette County personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
School bus accidents can occur for a wide variety of reasons, some of which may indicate that negligence contributed to causing the accident. Determining what caused the accident is essential in apportioning legal liability to the responsible parties. There are many different parties that could potentially held liable in a school bus accident, including:
- The school bus driver
- Other vehicle drivers
- The company responsible for the maintenance of the school bus
- The school district
- The company that hired the bus driver
- The manufacturer of the bus
- The municipality or governmental unit responsible for the maintenance of the road
After a school bus accident, it is important to record as much information about the incident as possible. An attorney will be able to help you procure any necessary reports or other official documentation that may have been generated by authorities or the school district that may shed light on the cause of the accident. In addition, be sure to have your child undergo a complete medical evaluation, as some injuries may not be readily apparent after an accident. Finally, be sure to contact one of the experienced personal injury lawyers of the Law Offices of Shane Smith to retain legal representation.
Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a school bus accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.