For most of us, the month of September means cool nights, comfy sweaters, and tree lines emblazoned with leaves of bright red, brown and orange. However, for most of the children across our country, the arrival of September means only one thing: going back to school.
With the time constraints and obligations inherent in being a working parent, having your children picked up and dropped off at school by the bus is more of a necessity that it is a choice. For this reason, parents expect that all bus drivers and manufacturers will do their job to the best of their ability, and keep your child safe throughout the year. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case, and this kind of negligence on the part of just one person can put your kids and everyone else on the road in serious danger.
Operating a huge vehicle, such as a bus, is no easy task, but negligent behavior behind the wheel is one of the most common causes of bus accidents, and carelessness on the part of bus companies and manufacturers is just as dangerous. According to a decade-worth of longitudinal data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school bus accidents are more common than many people think. In the ten years covered by the data, school transportation-related accidents resulted in a total of 1,368 fatalities, averaging out to roughly 137 deaths per year. Like statistics related to many other types of accidents, the total number of fatalities is only the tip of the iceberg; bus accidents injuries send more than 17,000 school-age (less than 19 years of age) individuals to the hospital annually. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Due to the massive size of most buses, many accidents result in multiple serious injuries, and this can mean missing work and accumulating more and more medical bills for victims. If your child has been injured in a bus accident, whether they were a passenger of the bus itself, a pedestrian on the street, or the occupant of another vehicle, it is important to become familiar with your personal injury compensation rights. Our attorneys have handled a wide range of bus accident lawsuits, ranging from suits involving school buses, to those involving the CTA, charter buses, tour buses, and various other types of mass transit. If you believe you may have a case, call our lawyers anytime for a free consultation; we have the experience necessary to get you back on your feet.