School Bus Accidents
As a parent, your children are the most precious things in your world. When they’re school-aged, you put them on a bus five days each week and entrust the bus driver and the school district to keep them safe and get them home at the end of the day. When a school bus is involved in a crash with another vehicle, that can be a horrifying experience for a parent. Getting a call from the school or a hospital saying that your child has been injured can cause tremendous worry and anxiety, and probably some anger that your child was hurt because of someone else’s negligence.
It’s not uncommon for children’s school bus-related injuries to be caused by other drivers just not following the rules. In Illinois, drivers are required to stop when a school bus stops to let students on or off. Numerous children are hurt each year when drivers fail to stop or try to pass a school bus while children are crossing the street to get on the bus or after exiting the bus.
When a crash involves another car or truck hitting the bus, injuries can be serious since many school buses are not required to have seat belts to protect students in the event of an accident. School bus accidents also can involve injuries to numerous students, making lawsuits seeking compensation somewhat complicated.
Recovering Damages in School Bus Accidents
If your child was injured in an accident in which another motor vehicle hit a school bus, you may be able to recover compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. You may be able to have your child’s medical expenses covered, as well as receive compensation for your child’s pain and suffering resulting from the injury. Other types of damages for which you might be compensated include loss of normal life, emotional distress, and disability or disfigurement.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you:
- Investigate the accident
- Gather medical bills, photographs, accident reports, witness statements, copies of insurance policies and other documents and evidence to support your claim
- Make a demand for compensation to the insurance company
- Negotiate a settlement
- File a lawsuit and try the case if necessary
When the Bus Driver Is Negligent
Sometimes a child is injured because the bus driver wasn’t paying proper attention or wasn’t properly trained. Children can be hurt when a bus driver hits an object or another vehicle, or the bus moves while children are still getting on or off. A number of children injured or killed in school bus-related accidents were hit by the bus itself.
When the school bus driver is at fault, you may be able to recover compensation from the school district, which should have insurance to cover accidents caused by school bus drivers. However, recovering damages from a school district, which is a government entity, can be a long and challenging process that may require a lawsuit.
Qualified Representation Matters
If your child was injured in a bus-related accident, it’s recommended that you consult with an attorney who has significant experience with these kinds of claims. It’s important to identify the correct party or parties who bear liability for your child’s injuries, and an experienced school bus accident attorney will have the knowledge to sort through the facts, evidence, and complicated legal principles involved and to work toward the best possible outcome for your family. Call us today for a free consultation of your situation and your child’s injuries: .