Does your child ride the bus to school? Learn the causes of deadly school bus accidents and your child’s right to compensation for his injuries.

Common Causes of Tragic School Bus Accidents

Andrew Kim
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Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Wrongful Death and Catastrofic Injuries Attorney

When you send your child off to school on the bus, you are entrusting your child’s safety to his school and the bus driver. Unfortunately, this trust can be violated if your child suffers devastating injuries in a school bus accident. Your child’s injuries can be even more serious due to the lack of seat belts on many school buses. Fortunately, you may be able to file a claim for compensation against the negligent party on behalf of your child with the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney.

What Are the Common Causes of School Bus Accidents?

Most school bus accidents are entirely preventable, which makes the wreck all the more tragic if your child is one of the victims. The negligent party could be the bus driver or another motorist. Common causes of collisions that involve bus driver negligence include:

  • Lack of training. It takes special skills and training to drive a school bus due to its size and the fact that the passengers are all children. If bus drivers are not properly trained, they could making a driving error that results in a crash.
  • Driver fatigue. Bus routes are driven in the early morning and mid-afternoon—the two times of day when drivers are most prone to sleepiness. Driving a large school bus requires a driver to be alert to traffic conditions and passengers. If fatigued, a driver can forget to check his blind spot, make wide turns, or drift into oncoming traffic.
  • Intoxication. If a bus driver is intoxicated due to alcohol or drug use, his reaction time, judgment, and ability to judge distances are impaired, which are all vital to safely driving a school bus.
  • Distraction. Bus drivers can be distracted by their cellphones, eating or drinking, looking at a GPS, or by children on the bus. Whatever the reason, distracted driving is always dangerous and can lead to an accident.
  • Maintenance. Maintenance issues, such as faulty brakes or tires, can cause a bus driver who is an otherwise safe driver to lose control of the bus and be unable to avoid a collision.
  • Weather. When bus drivers fail to slow down and safely drive for weather conditions, your child could suffer catastrophic injuries.

Often the bus driver is a school district employee and the bus is owned by a public school district. While your child may still be entitled to compensation for his injuries, these claims are governed by special laws regarding notifying the liable party of your child’s claim. It is best to retain an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to help you properly file your child’s claim. Let us help you do this so that you can focus on helping your child recover from the trauma of the accident. To get started, call our office to schedule your free consultation.