Bus crashes/collisions in Georgia and throughout the nation are on the rise, as are injuries and fatalities that occur from these. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration indicates that thousands of people are injured in bus accidents each year throughout the U.S., which includes school bus crashes/collisions, tour bus crashes/collisions, Georgia’s public transportation bus crashes/collisions, privately chartered bus crashes/collisions, and more.
Bus crashes can occur for a wide variety of reasons, including:
- Bus driver negligence
- Drowsy driving
- Use of prescription pills, cough medicine, or other drugs and medications
- Failure to stop at a stop sign or traffic light
- Failure to yield
- Improper maintenance
- Defective equipment or tires
- Poor weather conditions
- Road hazards or dangerous roadways
While a bus crash/collision can be the fault of the bus driver due to aggressive driving or speeding, it also can be the responsibility of someone or something else. For example, the bus company, school or school district may be at fault for lack of maintenance, the tire company may be held liable for defective tires, another motorist could be held responsible after crashing into the bus, or a truck driver may be liable for oil spills on the road.
School Bus Accidents
As a parent, your children are the most precious things in the world. When they’re school-aged, you put them on a bus five days each week and entrust the bus driver and the school district to keep them safe and get them home at the end of the day. When a school bus is involved in a crash with another vehicle, that can be a horrifying experience for a parent. Getting a call from the school or a hospital saying that your child has been injured can cause tremendous worry and anxiety, and probably some anger that your child was hurt because of someone else’s negligence.
It’s not uncommon for children’s school bus-related injuries to be caused by other drivers just not following the rules. In Georgia, drivers are required to stop when a school bus stops to let students on or off. Numerous children are hurt each year when drivers fail to stop or try to pass a school bus while children are crossing the street to get on the bus or after exiting the bus.
When a crash involves another car or truck hitting the bus, injuries can be serious since many school buses are not required to have seat belts to protect students in the event of an accident. School bus crashes/collisions also can involve injuries to numerous students, making lawsuits seeking compensation somewhat complicated.
If your child was injured in a crash/collision in which another motor vehicle hit a school bus, you may be able to recover compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. You may be able to have your child’s medical expenses covered, as well as receive compensation for your child’s pain and suffering resulting from the injury. Other types of damages for which you might be compensated include loss of normal life, emotional distress, and disability or disfigurement.
Sometimes a child is injured because the bus driver wasn’t paying proper attention or wasn’t properly trained. Children can be hurt when a bus driver hits an object or another vehicle, or the bus moves while children are still getting on or off. A number of children injured or killed in school bus-related accidents were hit by the bus itself.
When the school bus driver is at fault, you may be able to recover compensation from the school district, which should have insurance to cover accidents caused by school bus drivers. However, recovering damages from a school district, which is a government entity, can be a long and challenging process that may require a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a bus crash/collision because of another party’s negligent or reckless conduct, let us help. Our goal is to secure the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery. Contact us today.