INJURIES FROM SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENTS
Every parent’s chief concern is the safety and well-being of their children. Although we take every measure to ensure their safety, we can’t be there to protect them at all times. With more than 25 million children taking the bus to school each year, the odds of a school bus-related injury are unfortunately higher than zero. In 2017, 12,000 individuals were injured in school bus accidents, and 25 percent of these injuries were school bus passengers
Many of these accidents don’t actually occur on the bus, but rather when a child is waiting for the bus, getting on the bus, or getting off of the bus. In fact, the National Safety Council reports that from 2009 to 2018, only about 5 percent of deaths in school bus-related crashes involved passengers.
Adding to the risk of injury is the fact that most standard school buses are not equipped with seat belts or restraint systems. This increases the likelihood of harm should a child fall out of their seat.
According to the National Safety Council, in 2018 school bus-related crashes took the lives of 117 people nationwide, with just 9 being bus passengers.
Common contributing factors of school bus accidents include:
- Distracted school bus drivers
- Objects in the road
- Flying debris
- Inclement weather
- Poor bus maintenance
- Poor driving skills
- Lack of adequate driver training
Most school bus accidents are preventable, and can often be attributed to driver error and poor vehicle maintenance. These accidents can result in injuries that have long-lasting effects on a child, often requiring long-term treatment or rehabilitation.
Those responsible for causing an accident should be required to take accountability. You should not have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. Call the school bus accident attorneys at Daggett Shuler today at 1-800-815-5500 for a FREE case evaluation. We work on a contingency basis; we only get paid if you do. Our attorneys have your best interests at heart.
At Daggett Shuler, you can depend on us.