According to the National Safety Council, “some 25 million students nationwide begin and end their day with a trip on a school bus.” And while diligent measures are taken to ensure school bus safety, as many as 17,000 students are injured on school busses annually.
Some General School Bus Safety Tips:
- Be on alert when waiting for the school bus.
- Use safety precautions when boarding the school bus, like handrails
- Stay off of the street when the school bus approaches
- Do not distract the school bus driver
- Stay seated at all times
- Make sure the bus comes to a complete stop before exiting the school bus
Injuries from school bus accidents can range from minor bumps and bruises to severe injury and hospitalization. Accidents on school busses can happen for a variety of reasons, from children loading or unloading the school bus or when school buses get into accidents. Examples of injuries that occur on school busses include:
- Slip and falls
- Slipping out of their seats during turns and/or when braking
- Kids Rowdiness and horseplay
- School bus accident
- Pedestrians injured when being struck by a school bus
Is The School District Liable For Injuries?
If you child sustains a serious injury in a school bus accident, there are actions you can take to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. But because of some legalities that cover school districts, circumstances in which you can make a claim are limited.
As part of the government, School Districts hold a special legal status called “political subdivisions.” Since School Districts are created the government and responsible for overseeing the county’s public schools. With this legal status, School Districts are granted with “Sovereign Immunity,” which protects the School Districts and other government entities from lawsuits for monetary damages. However, if a student is injured some states, including Florida, will allow lawsuits to be brought forth, even if they are limited by a large amount of process and procedures.
School buses are designed for safety, with flashing lights, giant mirrors, high seat backs and that bright yellow color, and they keep more than 17 million cars away from school buildings every day.
Injuries range from cuts and sprains to broken bones, but most are not life-threatening and don’t require hospitalization. And while the numbers are higher than previously reported, they represent a small fraction of the 23.5 million children who travel on school buses nationwide each year.
Consult A Bus Accident Lawyer
Our attorneys will also help you understand and navigate the details of insurance policy, Personal Injury Protection (PIP), Property Damage (PD), and the issues that occur with uninsured or under-insured motorists who do not have sufficient coverage.
Don’t work with just any bus accident or auto accident attorney; your child’s injuries and the damage to your property deserve fair compensation, and you should only work with an accident lawyer who you feel comfortable with, and who can give you the full scope of possibilities for your case, so that you know what to expect.
If your child has been injured in a school bus and would like to learn more about your legal rights, please contact our firm online or call (954) 504-6577. Our experienced bus accident attorneys in South Florida provide free consultations and charges you only if we win your case.
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