What Happens If My Child is Injured in a School Bus Accident
- December 15, 2018
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that between four and six children are killed in school bus accidents every year and a countless number sustain serious injuries. Although school bus accidents are not as common as car accidents, it is vital for parents to be aware of what to do if your child is injured in a school bus accident so you are able to protect your child’s rights.
Liability in a School Bus Accident
School bus accident cases are complex because there are several parties that could be held liable for the victims’ injuries. Most school bus accidents occur as a result of the bus driver’s negligence. In such cases, the school bus driver and the driver’s employer can be held liable. If the accident was caused as a result of defective parts, such as brake failure, the defective product’s manufacturer can be held liable for the accident. If other drivers on the road caused the accident, the driver at fault can be held liable for the accident.
The party that is held liable is responsible for compensating the victim for his or her injuries. They will be liable for compensating the victim for current and future medical expenses and other pain and suffering damages incurred as a result of the accident.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim Against a Negligent School District
School buses are usually owned and operated by school districts. In this case, the school district could be held liable in the event of a school bus accident. School districts are government entities that are protected by sovereign immunity laws. However, the school district can still be held liable for school bus accident injuries. The process of filing a claim against a school district is very different from the standard personal injury claim process. Therefore, it is best to hire a personal injury attorney to help you.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim Against a Negligent Driver
Typically, a driver’s insurance company is responsible for compensating the victims for their injuries. However, the victim must prove that the negligent driver was at fault. A personal injury attorney can help by conducting an investigation to gather evidence that proves the driver’s fault. In addition, your attorney can negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim Against a Defective Parts Manufacturer
Manufacturers are held liable for school bus accident injuries that occur as a result of defective parts. Cases such as these fall under the category of product liability claims. This type of claim can be complex so hiring an experienced personal injury attorney is vital. Your attorney can conduct a thorough investigation and work with experts to prove that a part of the school bus was defective and that the defective part or parts caused the accident.
If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact Rockland Injury Lawyers. We help accident victims receive their rightful compensation. Contact us at 845-709-8005 or 800-940-1799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.