Written by Lawrence S. Lapidus
No parent wants to think of their child being in an accident on the school bus. While buses are generally safe, unfortunately, accidents do happen. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the school bus is the safest vehicle on the road. In 2018, 117 people in the United States were killed in school bus accidents, with nine of those being passengers. In 2017, 3,000 children were injured nationwide as school bus passengers.
While the overall numbers are statistically low when you consider how many children ride the school bus day after day, those numbers likely don’t matter when it’s your child who is the one injured. If you are the parent of a child who has been injured in a school bus accident, we recommend contacting an attorney as soon as possible.
Types of School Bus Accidents
There are several ways a passenger of a school bus can be injured even when taking the recommended precautions. It is important to get as many details as possible about the circumstances involving your child’s injury, including how the accident happened. Some of the most common causes of school bus accidents are:
- The bus driver being negligent and causing an accident
- The driver of another vehicle striking the bus
- The driver of another vehicle failing to yield to children getting on and off the school bus
What to Do if Your Child is Injured on a School Bus
If your child has been injured in an accident on a school bus, you will have limited time to investigate and find a lawyer. First and foremost, make sure that your child has received proper medical attention. When your child gets medical treatment, it will be documented and will be used to support your claim.
You will need to file a claim with your insurance company and /or the School Board to cover the medical expenses as well as the pain and suffering related to the injuries. A comprehensive investigation will need to be conducted to determine fault.
The laws surrounding school bus accidents vary between D.C. and Maryland, so it is crucial that you obtain a school bus accident lawyer with experience who is familiar with the time limits involved and procedures to make such a claim.
How The Lapidus Law Firm Can Help
If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, you have enough to worry about without fighting a school board, city government (in the case of D.C.) or an insurance company without legal assistance. Contact our team at The Lapidus Law Firm for a free, no obligation consultation at 301-852-7500. We will work with both you and your child to investigate the causes of your child’s injuries and to fight vigorously to obtain a fair, reasonable settlement for your injured child.