School Bus Accidents – Keeping Our Children Safe

August 18, 2021
School Bus Accidents – Keeping Our Children Safe

With the start of the school year in Florida, students and parents alike are experiencing a mix of excitement and apprehension. A child will have new teachers, new classmates, and perhaps a new school. For most students, the adventure starts with taking the school bus. Parents expect that every precaution will be taken for their child’s safety while being transported to school. However, as buses return to the roads, many safety risks can impact the well-being of your child.

It is highly recommended that parents teach their children about school bus safety. It is estimated that nearly 500,000 school buses provide transportation services daily in the United States. Unfortunately, many accidents are inevitable. The National Safety Council reports that the most dangerous part of a school bus ride is children getting off or on the bus. Due to the size and height of the school bus, children are not seen by the bus driver for ten feet on either side of the area behind the school bus. These are blind spots and are considered the “danger zone.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends Safety Tips for Parents and Children, some of which include:

  • Arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus arrives.
  • Never sit on the roadway or curb while waiting for the bus.
  • Never walk behind a bus and stay away from the bus wheels at all times.
  • Children should wait for the driver’s signal that it is safe to cross the road or board the bus and look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Children should remain seated on the bus at all times and remain silent at railroad crossings.
  • Avoid disruptive behaviors that distract the bus driver from safely operating the bus.
  • A child should not attempt to pick up something that has fallen next to the bus.
  • Parents should be present at the bus stop to supervise their children.

School Bus Accidents are Complex, and Multiple Parties may have Liability

Schools have a responsibility to provide safe transportation for all students. When a school outsources transportation to a bus company, that company may be additionally liable for student injuries. The owners of commercial passenger carriers must ensure their vehicles are maintained and serviced according to state regulations. They require regular inspections to ensure that safety equipment is in working order. Bus drivers are to undergo extensive safety and driving instructions. There may be one or more opposing vehicles in a school bus accident, and a Florida court may attribute a portion of the blame to them.

Florida Bus Accident Lawyers

At Allen & Abaray, P.A., our law firm meticulously investigates the facts of every case. We examine medical reports, witness statements, photo and video surveillance, the bus driver’s log and driving history, and utilize expert witnesses for testimony. We identify the primary causal factor, which is generally negligence by one or more parties. Some direct causes are speed, violating traffic laws, drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol, road conditions, and weather. Other causes are inadequate training of bus drivers, distracted driving, child pedestrians interacting with traffic, mechanical failures, or poor bus maintenance.

Contact Allen & Abaray, P.A. as Soon as Possible To Protect Your Rights

Most vehicular accidents are preventable. If your child has been the victim of a school bus accident, contact our compassionate attorneys. We will provide you with the emotional support you need during this time while aggressively pursuing compensation on your behalf. Compensation may include medical bills, lost wages while you are home caring for your child, pain and suffering, and other expenses resulting from the accident. With over fifty years of combined experience handling accident claims, we successfully negotiate settlements with insurance carriers or present a strong case before a judge and jury.

Attorneys William L. Allen and Gregory P. Abaray offer a free consultation for families that have lost a loved one in a personal injury accident. Call our law firm at (863)669-9999 or (877)669-6899 today to speak with a caring and knowledgeable attorney about your case. We represent clients in Lake, Polk, Osceola, and Hillsborough Counties, Florida.

 

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