School Bus Accident Attorney
Washington, DC School Bus Accident Lawyer
Many parents believe that a school bus is the safest mode of transportation
to get their child to school. However, thousands of children are injured
and about 26 die each year in school bus accidents. School bus accident
cases usually involve government entities, making them more complicated
than regular auto accident lawsuits.
Loading and Unloading - Most school bus accident wrongful deaths do not occur in vehicle to
vehicle collisions. About 80% of children killed in school bus accidents
are struck when boarding or exiting the bus. Some are hit by passing cars,
while others are struck by the school bus itself.
Fatal School Bus Crashes - In vehicle to vehicle collisions, the school bus nearly always has many
more passengers than the other vehicle involved. However, due to the weight
and size of school buses, about 70% of people killed are occupants of
No Seat Belts - The majority of school buses do not have seat belts. Some do, but in
most areas there is no law requiring that the students actually wear them.
This is slowly changing as groups of concerned citizens push for seat
belt requirements in school buses.
Causes of School Bus Accidents
School buses run in all kinds of weather and often in disrepair. Many of
the underlying causes of school bus accidents are economic. Due to the
nature of public school funding, many schools are too hesitant to close
in dangerous weather. Maintenance and upgrades can be very costly. The
grim reality is that, rather than putting your child's safety first,
many schools weigh the cost of the upgrade against the potential cost
of a lawsuit, should there be an accident, and choose the cheapest option.
When schools are held financially responsible for these accidents, it actually
changes the way that they and other schools calculate financial risk and
encourages schools to use safer practices. Factors that commonly contribute
to school bus accidents include:
- Hazardous weather conditions
- Faulty vehicles
- Driver negligence
- Intoxicated drivers
- Defective roadways
School Bus Accident Liability
School bus accident cases are complicated because they often involve multiple
responsible parties and usually involve government entities. Responsible
parties can include:
- School districts
- School bus drivers
- Government agencies responsible for maintaining roads
- Other drivers
If you or your child has been injured in a school bus accident in the DC
call Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. before you settle with
an insurance company.