School Bus Accidents: What to do After an Injury
Statistically speaking, school buses are a fairly safe form of transportation for getting children to and from school. They’re designed to be incredibly visible and keep children as safe as possible in the event of a crash. Unfortunately, school bus-related injuries are still happening. It’s important to note that the most dangerous part of riding a school bus is actually not on the bus at all, but on the ground while exiting or entering the bus. The “Danger Zone” is the 10-foot bubble around a bus where most bus-related fatalities occur each year.
The Facts about School Bus Injuries
• On average, 19 school-age children die in school-transportation-related crashes every year.
• Of those 19, five are occupants in the vehicle and 14 are pedestrians.
• From 2000 to 2009, 43 percent of school-age pedestrians killed were between the ages of five and seven years old.
The “Danger Zone”
The “Danger Zone” is the most dangerous area for children who ride school buses. This area is a 10-foot bubble which extends around the entire bus. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends teaching children about school bus safety and how to stay safe when entering and exiting the “Danger Zone.”
Who is Responsible for School-Bus Injuries?
Responsibility can vary from case to case. In some instances, a school bus driver might be found negligent. In crashes involving other automobiles, another driver might be held liable. Since every crash is different, it’s important to speak with a lawyer about your particular situation.
What should you do After a School-Bus Related Injury?
1. Seek Medical Attention
2. Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
3. Focus on Your Family
School-bus related injuries can have a profound impact on families. Parents trust bus drivers to take their children safely to and from school each day. Of course, the top priority is seeking medical attention for your child after an injury. Even if the crash seemed relatively mild, your child needs to go to the doctor. Evaluation by a school nurse or emergency medical services provider isn’t enough. Once your child has been medically evaluated, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. An attorney can take care of the details and get the ball rolling on your case. Medical bills can pile up quickly, and you need to be fairly compensated for expenses and damages related to the injury. With a skilled attorney on the case, you can focus on your family. Getting children back to school and back to a normal schedule will likely be top priorities.