“There were 1,236 fatal school transportation-related crashes from 2001 to 2010 according to statistics from the Highway Traffic Safety Administration. During that time period, the 1,236 fatal school transportation related crashes accounted for 0.34%of the total fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes.”
You don’t really want to think about anything happening to your children when you load them on the school bus every morning. However, there are accidents, and busses that are transporting kids to school and other school activities are not immune to those accidents.
Consider some of the other statistics surrounding bus accidents as reported by the Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- An average of 137 fatalities from school bus accidents occur each year.
- 72% of those fatalities were occupants of other vehicles.
- 7% of the fatalities were occupants of the school bus.
- 21% of the fatalities were pedestrians.
- An average of 18 school age children die in school bus accidents each year.
The vast majority of people who were killed or seriously injured in a bus related accident were in other vehicles. That’s because the busses are very large and designed to be safe. A small car just doesn’t have a chance when in a collision with a large bus.
How Do Accidents Occur?
Bus accidents can occur for most of the same reasons as any automobile accidents These causes could include:
- Driver negligence
- Driver error
- Failure to follow traffic signs
- Failure of other drivers to follow bus caution lights
- Inclement weather
- Poor driving conditions
Other Types of Bus Accidents
Actual collisions aren’t the only types of bus accidents either. Even if the bus arrives at your home and school safely, that doesn’t mean a child will not be injured. Other types of accidents include:
- Jostling or falling due to sudden stops and turns
- Actions of another person or child on the bus
- Slips and falls
- Struck by a vehicle when exiting or entering the school bus
No matter the case, if you have a child who is injured or killed in a bus accident, someone should be held liable. Do you know who, though? This is not a case to handle on your own or with a subpar attorney. You need legal representation that can handle the case.
If your child is injured or killed on the school bus, then you may have a case against the school board, the bus driver, the school district, or someone else involved. If the bus is involved in a collision, you may have a case against the other driver.
Additionally, if the child is injured because of someone else on the bus, that other party or their parents could be liable. Finally, if your child is struck and injured or killed by a driver, then that driver is at fault. You will not know who should be held liable, though, if you don’t have an experienced attorney working on the case for you.
No one wants to even imagine something happening to their child. Injuries can be bad enough. Fatalities can be devastating. No matter the case, someone should be held responsible for your child’s accident. That means you need to choose a quality lawyer to handle your case.
If your child or a loved one’s child has been involved in a school bus accident in San Diego, then take the time to call the attorneys at Thompson | Wedeking. They will be able to evaluate your case and determine if you have something to follow through with. A free case evaluation will be available to you when you make the phone call.