The primary means of transportation for children going to and from school
is the bus. In fact, many bus companies and school systems tout the bus
as being the safest way for children to get to school—this could
even be a part of the
school’s safety policy. They cite factors such as, buses are involved in fewer accidents as compared
to cars, and that the size of buses puts them at an advantage in a collision.
Experienced Ellenville school bus accident attorneys know that fewer accidents may not equate to fewer injuries and that buses
have unique characteristics that could lead to injuries that might not
occur in car accidents. Consider the fact that most buses do not have
seat belts, nor do they have frontal airbags for passengers, nor are they
equipped with side curtain airbags. Even if seat belts are present, supervising
children so that they wear the seat belts can become an issue as well.
Obviously, passengers not secured in their seats are at a risk for being
ejected from a vehicle when there is a collision.
School bus accidents involve numerous victims within one collision as well. So even if involved
in fewer collisions, bus accidents can yield to many injuries because
so many riders are on the bus. Accidents involving school buses are much
more dynamic then being just about collisions with other vehicles and objects.
Remember, school buses stop frequently to onboard and off board more passengers.
As you know, traffic surrounding a stopped bus that is allowing ingress
and egress on and off of the bus is supposed to stop. Many motorists do
not stop, however.
This problem is not just limited to the negligence of other drivers. The
bus driver can turn off the caution lights and stop signs too early. Drivers
can even run into the child if he or she loses sight of the child. These
accidents can happen from negligence, recklessness, and or improper supervision
of the children.
In addition to the
negligence of bus drivers and other motorists, the people who were supposed to maintain the bus can be the cause of
an accident if the buses were not properly maintained. Even the manufacturer
of a school bus could be held liable for bus accident injuries if the
accident was caused by a manufacturing or design defect.
Consider the following facts:
- Over twenty million children use school bus transportation every day as
the primary way to get to and from school
- More than 10,000 children are injured yearly in school bus accidents
- Roughly a dozen children die each year in school bus accidents.
The sheer volume of school bus traffic indicates that accidents will occur.
You should know that the bus driver, other motorists, bus companies, school
districts, and even bus manufacturers can be held liable for injuries
sustained by school bus passengers.
Are you interested in learning more about taxi and bus accidents? Read
our latest article to hear about liability and how to protect your rights
by clicking on the link here. Learn what to do after a taxi accident in
our post available here. Read about liability and the law in New York City taxi accidents
in this post available by clicking here. Learn more what to do have a bus accident and
how to protect your rights by reading the link here.
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injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
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