Each school day in the United States, there are approximately 400,000 school buses transporting more than 23 million students to and from school. Sadly, there are thousands of children who are injured every year from a school bus getting into an accident. Even more unfortunate is the fact that most injuries young children incur are extremely serious due to most children not wearing seat belts on a school bus. If you are the parent or guardian to a minor who is injured in a school bus accident, you may bring a lawsuit on the child’s behalf. Between 1999 and 2002, there were approximately 320 buses involved in fatal accidents. Of those 320 fatalities, 39 percent came from school bus accidents. School bus accidents can result in atrocious injuries to passengers, pedestrians and other automobile drivers. Because of the severity of injuries that can result from a school bus accident, victims and their families can face substantial medical bills. In addition, insurance policies may not cover certain expenses. It’s never fair for your family to go into financial distress because of someone else’s wrongdoing.
COMMON SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT INJURIES
- BURN INJURIES
- BRAIN & SPINAL CORD INJURIES
- SOFT TISSUE & INTERNAL INJURIES
There are many factors to consider in school bus accidents. School buses do not have to have seat belts, so most do not. Poorly designed bus stops often play a role. If the school bus was owned and operated by a public school, you will be suing a government entity. That involves a different set of rules, and a very short time limit for sending your notice of intent to sue. Depending on the nature of your school bus accident, and the underlying cause, one or more of the following may be held responsible.
COMMON RESPONSIBLE PARTIES
- SCHOOL BUS DRIVER
- SCHOOL DISTRICT
- PRIVATE SCHOOL, CHURCH, OR OTHER ORGANIZATION WHICH OWNED & OPERATED THE SCHOOL BUS
- PRIVATE COMPANY CONTRACTED TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION FOR THE SCHOOL
- THIRD PARTY CONTRACTED TO REPAIR & MAINTAIN THE BUS
- SCHOOL BUS MANUFACTURER
- PARTS MANUFACTURER
- DRIVER OF ANOTHER VEHICLE
- GOVERNMENT ENTITY RESPONSIBLE FOR ROADWAY DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION & MAINTENANCE
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT INJURIES RELATED TO A SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT ?
The damages that can result from a school bus accident can be both physically and emotionally daunting. When you have your future on the line, you cannot afford to put your trust in inexperienced legal counsel. Instead, you need to seek the guidance of attorneys who have extensive experience and resources to either reach a favorable settlement or win your case at trial. We have done both on behalf of our clients on numerous occasions. At Fulmer Sill, we are proud to deliver high-quality assistance to all of our clients. Should you choose to seek our legal representation, we are confident that our experience and knowledge will produce a favorable outcome for you. If you are a parent or guardian to a minor who has been injured in a school bus accident, we encourage you to consult with our team as soon as possible. All initial consultations are free, and we don’t charge any up-front fees for representation. We handle all fees on a contingency basis, meaning that unless we’re successful, you don’t have to pay us. Please contact Fulmer Sill at (405)510.0077 for a free consultation.