When we send our kids to school in the morning, we expect that they will be properly cared for both at school and also when commuting to and from school. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), school buses are designed specifically with safety in mind. Unfortunately, however, accidents happen and school bus passengers can be serious injured or may even be killed. If you or your child has been injured in a school bus accident, you should contact an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are available to consult with potential clients at no charge regarding any potential claim that they may have.
There are several features of school buses that are designed to make them particularly safe modes of transportation. Among those pointed out by NHSTA include:
- Crush standards, size, and height
- Flashing red lights
- Well-trained and screened drivers
- Cross view mirrors
- Reinforced sides
- Bright color to increase visibility
- Stop sign arms to prevent cars from passing during loading and unloading
Drivers are also required to submit to regular drug and alcohol testing to ensure that they are providing a safe ride to the children who ride the school bus. In addition, law enforcement strictly enforces traffic laws regarding school buses. NHSTA indicates on its website that school buses are the safest way to get children to and from school. School bus fatalities make up 1 percent of all student fatalities that occurred during normal school travel hours.
Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
As safe as school bus travel can be, accidents can happen. If you or your child has been injured in a school bus accident that you believe may have been due to someone else’s negligence, you may have a claim. Because there is a limited amount of time in which you can file a personal injury claim in Georgia, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping people injured in car accidents recover from whoever is responsible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Fayette County car accident lawyers, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.