It has been estimated that 17,000 children are injured in school bus-related accidents every year. Whenever a child suffers bodily harm, it’s always upsetting. However, when a child’s injury is caused by the negligent actions of another individual or entity, the accident is much more tragic.
The majority of school bus accidents occur when children are boarding or getting off the bus. Oftentimes, these accidents will involve other vehicles on the road. In addition, the school bus design leaves kids susceptible to injury if they fall out of their seats during an accident or when a bus driver slams on the brakes or takes a quick turn.
If your child was injured in a school bus accident, you may have grounds for legal action. Contact the attorneys at Gordon and Doner to learn about the rights available to victims of school bus accidents.
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Types of School Bus accidents
According to The National Coalition for School Bus Safety, every school day there are 22 million children riding school buses back and forth to school and school-related activities. The Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science and Engineering conducted a study and found that school buses are the safest mode of transportation for kids. However, this does not meant that your children are not a risk of injury while riding on a school bus.
Auto experts have divided school bus accidents into three categories:
- Single-Vehicle School Bus Accident: In this type of accident the school bus is the only vehicle involved in the crash. A single-vehicle school bus accident can occur if the bus driver is operating the vehicle negligently or carelessly. In addition, another motorist on the road may be driving recklessly, which causes the bus driver to make an evasive maneuver to avoid the driver resulting in an accident.
- Multi-Vehicle School Bus Accident: A multi-vehicle school bus accident occurs when two or more vehicles are involved in a collision. If your child was injured in a multi-vehicle bus accident, it is advised that you seek legal counsel since number of parties may be held liable for the damages.
- Child-Crossing Accident: Two out of three children that are killed outside of a school were hit by the bus and not another vehicle. Typically, this type of accident occurs when the child is either boarding or departing the bus and the bus driver fails to see the child in the road.
Irrespective of the type of school bus accident that your kid was involved in, the attorneys at Gordon and Doner believe that the negligent party should be held accountable for the crash.
If your child was injured in a Florida bus accident, complete the online contact form to explore your legal options.
Contact a Florida Bus Accident Attorney
While school bus accidents don’t occur as often as other types of auto accidents, however, when they do occur they often leave children with serious and sometimes fatal injuries. If your loved one was injured in school bus accident, it’s imperative to seek legal representation from an attorney that is well-versed in bus accident litigation.
At Gordon & Doner, our attorneys and staff have the knowledge and resources to expertly handle bus accident cases. Over the years, we have helped numerous clients receive favorable outcomes for their legal claims, either through a jury verdict or through a settlement.
Accident victims can visit our office locations in Pembroke Pines, Palm Beach Gardens and Stuart to receive assistance with their legal claims.