School Bus Accident Liability

When we send our children to school in the morning, we expect them to be safe while at school and also on their way to and from their destination. Unfortunately, however, this is not always the case, and each year children are injured in school bus accidents. School bus accidents may have many different causes, ranging from driver error to weather conditions to faulty equipment. As a result, the parties at fault for injuries caused in a school bus accident could include the bus driver, the driver of another vehicle, the school bus manufacturer, or the company that is responsible for the school bus. Because school buses are often regulated by various state or local entities, determining who is liable may be more complicated than an accident not involving a school bus. If you or your child have been injured in an accident involving a school bus you should contact an experienced car accident attorney.

According to data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), each year 18 school-age occupants and pedestrians lose their lives in school transportation-related motor vehicle accidents every year. For the purposes of its report, a “school transportation-related crash” directly or indirectly involves a school bus or non-school bus being used as a school bus. These accidents can cause serious injuries to the people involved, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cuts or lacerations
  • Burns
  • Disfigurement

These are just some of the types of injuries that may result from a school bus-related crash, and fortunately for victims, the law allows people injured through another’s negligence to recover through a personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury attorney may be able to help you recover compensation for any medical bills, pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, or loss of future earnings that you or your child may have suffered.

Contact a Brooks Personal Injury Attorney for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been involved in a school transportation-related crash and suffered an injury, you should contact an experienced Brooks car accident attorney as soon as possible for a free consultation. The liability issues that can arise in a school bus accident can be very complicated, and require an attorney who understands how to effectively navigate them. Because school bus accidents often involve a government entity, bringing a personal injury claim can be more complicated than an average car accident case.  The attorneys of Shane Smith Law are dedicated to helping Georgians injured in car accidents recover from their injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at (980) 246-2656.