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North & South Carolina School Bus Accident Attorney

North & South Carolina School Bus Accident Attorney

Children boarding a school busStanding Up for School Bus Accident Victims and Their Families

More than 50 percent of all children attending school in the United States get up each morning and head to their designated bus stop. About 480,000 school buses travel routes and transport over 25 million children each weekday during the school year. School bus transportation helps families when parents cannot drive their kids to school due to schedule constraints or not having a vehicle. School buses can also help ease traffic and environmental impacts, as each bus replaces about 36 vehicles that would need to make the drive to and from school.

When a parent sends their kid on the bus, they trust the bus driver, bus company, and school district to keep their kid safe. This includes driving the bus safely, hiring qualified drivers, properly maintaining the buses, and more. Unfortunately, many of these parties fail to take adequate care, and children can suffer serious injuries in school bus accidents. While school buses are largely considered to be one of the safest ways to get to school, statistics indicate that 1,172 school transportation-related crashes happened over a ten-year period in the United States. While this may not seem like a large number, a school bus accident can injure your child when you least expect it.

After a school bus accident, you and your child likely have important legal rights. It is critical to determine which party or parties caused the crash, but where do you begin in doing so? This is where Bice Law comes in – we have the resources to help identify liability for a crash and your child’s injuries. We then help clients through every step of the legal process, always fighting for the maximum amount of compensation in each case. Call or contact the office online today to discuss a possible case for free.

How School Bus Accidents Happen

You may be surprised at the number of ways that you or your child can suffer injuries due to a school bus accident. Consider the following scenarios:

  • A school bus rolls over and passengers on the bus sustain serious injuries
  • A school bus crashes into a pole or fixture, causing injuries onboard
  • A school bus crashes into another vehicle and both bus passengers and occupants of the vehicle suffer injuries
  • A school bus hits a pedestrian crossing the street
  • Another vehicle hits a young student boarding or exiting the bus

There are also many parties that can be negligent and responsible for bus accidents. It is important to know all parties who contributed to causing the crash so that you can seek compensation in the right manner. Some commonly negligent parties may include:

Bus driver – Most people first look to see whether the bus driver made an error that caused the bus to crash. Many acts of negligence on the road can lead to accidents and injuries, including:

  • Distracted driving
  • Fatigued driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Speeding
  • Failing to yield
  • Violating other traffic laws

Bus drivers owe passengers the highest duty of care of any driver because a bus is considered to be a common carrier. When a driver makes an error in judgment or a dangerous mistake, the driver can be held accountable.

Bus company – Bus drivers are employees of the bus company, which means that a bus company can also be held strictly liable for any harm caused by the negligence of drivers. Companies can also be negligent on their own, including:

  • Hiring or retaining potentially dangerous drivers
  • Allowing unqualified people to drive a bus
  • Failing to adequately inspect, maintain, or repair buses in the fleet

Bus companies have larger insurance policies that can help cover losses from severe injuries, so it is crucial to identify when a company may be liable.

Bus manufacturer – Some buses crash because of a malfunction caused by defective bus parts. A manufacturing company should always sell safe products, including parts of a bus. When a defective part malfunctions and causes injuries, the corporation that sold the part should be liable for the losses of victims.

Other drivers – Drivers in other vehicles can cause school bus-related injuries, as well. Drivers can often hit school children if they fail to stop when the bus sign tells them to. Drivers can also be negligent and crash into a bus or send a bus off the road.

In many cases, more than one party may be responsible. Our law firm knows how to handle multiple insurance claims with different companies to ensure you receive the full amount you deserve from all negligent parties.

Injuries and Losses from School Bus Crashes

No matter how a school bus accident happens, many people can suffer serious injuries when involved in a crash with these large vehicles. Rollover bus accidents can cause particularly severe injuries to bus passengers, especially if they are not wearing seatbelts, as many passengers do not do. Some common injuries to bus passengers, pedestrians, or other motorists include:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Broken bones
  • Skull fractures
  • Spinal cord injury (SCI)
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Dislocations
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Burns
  • Lacerations

Every school bus accident victims should seek immediate medical care to ensure that all injuries are properly diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. Some victims may require ongoing treatment for weeks, months, years, or the rest of their lives.

Our school bus lawyer regularly seeks compensation for our clients’ extensive losses, which often include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost income (for injured adults)
  • Lost future opportunities (for children who suffer disabling injuries)
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent impairments, disfigurement, or disabilities

Contact Us for a Free Consultation with a North and South Carolina School Bus Accident Lawyer Today

When you call Bice Law, you can trust we will handle every step of your school bus accident case. From the initial insurance claim to settlement negotiations to a trial, if needed. If you want to discuss a possible claim after a school bus crash, contact the office online or call 704-243-8778 in North Carolina or 803-639-8777 in South Carolina to schedule your free consultation today.