A parent’s job is to look out for their children and try to make sure they are never harmed. However, parents are not with their children at all times. As children grow older, their parents have to send them out into the world and trust that others will keep them safe. This is the case when their kids start school and they have to take a bus every morning. Most of the time, buses are operated safely and children make it to school okay. However, it is possible for a school bus to be involved in an accident that can cause severe injuries to a child. If your child was involved in a school bus accident, it is important to contact an experienced attorney to discuss your case.
How Can A School Bus Accident Happen?
It is possible for any automobile to get into an accident, including school buses. This can happen due to poor road conditions, inclement weather, malfunctioning parts in the bus, and more. One of the leading causes of automobile accidents is driver negligence. Driver negligence is when a person driving a vehicle unsafely and puts others in danger. Actions that can be classified as such can include speeding, texting while driving, improper lane changes, driving under the influence, and more.
Who Is Liable?
There are numerous different parties that can be liable for causing a school bus accident. This is dependent upon the nature of the accident and what the cause was. Parties that may be responsible can include the following:
- School bus driver
- School district
- The private organization who owns and operates the bus
- The private company contracted to provide transportation for the school
- Third-party contracted to repair and maintain the bus
- School bus manufacturer
- Parts manufacturer
- The driver of another vehicle
- The municipality that is responsible for roadway designs and maintenance
The aftermath of an accident can be devastating for a person. When victims sustain serious injuries, they often find themselves overcome with additional costs. It is because of this that they may be eligible to recover compensation that provides coverage for these damages. People who were injured in a school bus accident may recover compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Home health care
- Long-term care
- Special equipment and home modifications to accommodate a disability
- Lost income and future lost income
- Lose earning capacity
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Diminished quality of life
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