School Bus Related Accident Statistics
When a school bus is involved in an accident, the stress and trauma for the victims, and the parents of the potential victims, is particularly serious. The injured parties are often minors who can suffer debilitating and permanent harms and losses. Take, for example, the awful accident that occurred near Fort Worth, Texas. Seven students suffered injuries when their school bus swerved out of control and toppled into a roadside ditch, according to Houston Public Media. News reports indicate that 18 students from Justin Elementary School were in the school bus when the crash occurred on Farm-to-Market Road 407. The extent of the children’s injuries was not reported. Hopefully each one of them will make a full recovery.
School Bus Accident Injuries in Texas
There were more than 2,000 school bus-related accidents in 2015-2016, according to the Texas Education Agency. If that was not bad enough, more than 440 child passengers and more than 50 adult passengers suffered injuries in these collisions.
Liability in a School Bus Accident
When a school bus accident occurs and a passenger suffers a serious injury, an important issue that needs to be addressed is liability. This is important because, in order to obtain financial restitution through a personal injury claim, there needs to be sufficient evidence that the school bus driver, or other party, was negligent and could therefore be held liable for the injuries associated with the wreck. Potential liable parties in these types of wrecks include:
- Driver of the school bus
- Manufacturer of the school bus
- The school district
- Another motorist who may have collided with the bus
In many instances, the driver of the school bus fails to operate the vehicle in a responsible and proper manner and that breach of the duty of care proximately causes the wreck. Examples of the school bus driver breaching the duty of care include:
- Running a red light
- Exceeding the speed limit
- Following another vehicle too closely
- Failing to obey a light or other traffic signals
- Texting and driving
Pursue Financial Restitution for Your Harms and Losses
If you or your child suffered a serious bodily injury (e.g., broken bone, facial injury, torn muscle, brain injury, etc.) in a school bus accident, you need to take legal action right away to pursue financial restitution for your harms and losses. Suffering a serious injury can result in your family incurring significant medical bills, time missed from school, permanent psychological trauma, and more. Filing a personal injury claim provides you with the opportunity to cover all the costs related to your child’s treatment and recovery.
Have Questions? Speak to an Experienced Houston School Bus Accident Injury Attorney Today
Filing a personal injury claim can be overwhelming, especially if you or your child are attempting to recover from a serious bodily injury. That is why it makes sense to retain an experienced personal injury lawyer to alleviate some of the stress and take the burden of filing the paperwork off your shoulders. The Houston school bus accident injury lawyers with Michael P. Fleming and Associates are ready to help call today 713-221-6800.