When your children are school-aged, you put them on a bus five days each week and entrust the bus driver and the school district to keep them safe and get them home at the end of the day. When a school bus is involved in a crash with another vehicle, that can be a horrifying experience for a parent. Nobody wants to get a call from a school or a hospital saying that their child has been injured in a school bus accident.
It’s not uncommon for children’s school bus-related injuries to be caused by other drivers just not following the rules. In Massachusetts, drivers are required to stop when a school bus stops to let students on or off. Numerous children are hurt each year when drivers fail to stop or try to pass a school bus while children are crossing the street to get on the bus or after exiting the bus.
When a crash involves another car or truck hitting the bus, injuries can be serious since many school buses are not required to have seat belts to protect students in the event of an accident. School bus accidents also can involve injuries to numerous students, making lawsuits seeking compensation somewhat complicated.
Recovering Damages in School Bus Accidents
If your child was injured in an accident in which another motor vehicle hit a school bus, you may be able to recover compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. You may be able to have your child’s medical expenses covered, as well as receive compensation for your child’s pain and suffering resulting from the injury. Other types of damages for which you might be compensated include loss of normal life, emotional distress, and disability or disfigurement.
When the Bus Driver Is Negligent
When the school bus driver is at fault, you may be able to recover compensation from the school district, which should have insurance to cover accidents caused by school bus drivers. However, recovering damages from a school district, which is a government entity, can be a long and challenging process that may require a lawsuit.
Contact An Attorney
If your child has been injured due to the negligence of a school bus driver, make sure to contact one of our experienced attornies.