A School Bus Accident Attorney Can Hold Negligent Parties Accountable

Something you never want to hear is that your child was involved in an accident on bus ride to or from school. A school bus accident attorney at our firm can protect the rights of both you and your child and seek compensation for their injuries and your emotional suffering. Our San Diego, CA, practice has experience representing clients injured in a variety of motor vehicle accidents and we will work tirelessly to provide you and your child with the strongest representation possible. If your son or daughter was injured in a school bus accident, contact our experienced attorneys at San Diego Injury Lawyer.

How Do School Bus Accidents Happen?

Photo of an overturned school busDespite being considered the safest mode of transportation for kids to and from school, accidents that involve school buses do occur. These accidents may result from negligence on the part of the bus driver or another driver on the road. Common causes of these accidents include:

  • Driver distraction, which may be the result of cell phone use, or could be caused by even just one disruptive child
  • Fatigue
  • Failing to use a turn signal or check blind spots before changing lanes
  • Taking turns that are too sharp or too wide
  • Speeding
  • Defective parts or lack of regular maintenance and inspections

When determining the cause of an accident, it is essential to work with a proven attorney. San Diego Injury Lawyer has the resources you need to build your case. We can work with experts and traffic authorities to recreate the accident to establish liability and hold responsible parties accountable.

What Injuries Can Result from these Accidents?

Their lack of seat belts would lead some to believe that school buses are especially dangerous. In reality, school bus accidents result in as few as six fatalities per year, compared with the more than 42,000 killed in other types of motor vehicle accidents. However, collisions and accidents involving school buses can lead to serious injuries for those involved. Children in particular are more susceptible to serious injuries as their bones and muscles are still developing. Injuries incurred in a school bus accident may include:

  • Head or brain injuries
  • Nerve damage or spinal cord injuries, which can lead to paralysis
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations from unsecured objects

These injuries can cause lasting impact, both physically and emotionally. 

Collisions and accidents involving school buses can lead to serious injuries for those involved. Children in particular are more susceptible to serious injuries.

Who is Liable for Damages?

It can be difficult to determine who is liable in a school bus accident. While many immediately place blame on the bus driver, they are not always responsible. In some cases, the driver of another vehicle involved may be at fault. In other cases, especially when defective or improperly maintained parts are the cause, the owner of the bus may be liable.

Some schools own their own buses and are therefore responsible for all maintenance and inspections. Others have contracts with school bus companies. In those cases, the private bus company would be liable.

Seeking Damages

School bus accidents can lead to mounting medical bills and lasting emotional suffering. Our experienced attorneys can not only determine which party is liable for damages, but can also work diligently to recover damages to compensate you for, including:

  • Any medical bills 
  • Wages lost due to time you had to miss from work
  • Further emotional pain and suffering that resulted from the accident

In tragic cases involving the death of a loved one, our team can provide the compassionate counsel you need to tirelessly seek loss of consortium.

Meet with an Attorney Today

If you or a loved one were hurt in a school bus accident, contact our experienced attorneys online or call (619) 272-4028 to schedule a consultation. We can review your case and help you understand all of your legal options.