Your child is ready for his or her first day of school, but instead of giving your kid a ride on the way there, you decided to let him or her ride the school bus instead. Minutes later, your local TV station put out a flash report about that very same school bus getting caught in an accident. You hurriedly drove your way to the site of the crash where, thankfully, you find that your child managed to get out of it unharmed.
Before you can make whoever’s responsible for the school bus accident that your child was in accountable for what they did, here are some legal considerations to remember:
- You can file a compensation claim against your school district.
School districts are bound by a legal duty to take care of every child that goes to their schools via their school buses. Your school district could be held liable for the school bus accident that your child got caught in if you’re able to prove that they failed to comply with their legal duty of care. Even if the school bus accident was entirely the fault of the vehicle’s driver, the school district that hired the bus driver could still be held liable for the incident.
- You can also file a compensation claim against the insurance provider of the bus company.
Your school district may have asked a bus company to convert a portion of its current fleet into school buses, one of which was involved in an accident. The bus company itself may be liable for the said incident, though your school district may still take some of the blame as well if they have a continuing duty to keep in touch with them.
The bus company employed by the school district has a standard of operation to abide by, and their drivers could be held liable for any accidents that are a result of their negligence or failure to safely operate the vehicle.
3.Lastly, you can file a compensation claim against the insurance provider of the driver of the other vehicle that hit the school bus once you’ve able to prove that the driver’s negligent actions directly caused the accident.
A driver of another vehicle who was negligent while behind the wheel may have caused your child’s school bus accident. However, you and the lawyer that you’ll be hiring to help you file for compensation would have to establish to the insurance provider that their client’s negligence directly resulted in an accident that significantly injured your child.
According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, more than 50 school-age children onboard school buses were killed in accidents between 2006 and 2015. Your child who was caught in a school bus accident as a passenger may have escaped this fate. But you should discuss the above-listed legal considerations with a lawyer who can help you claim the rightful compensation that your child deserves to have for all the injuries and trauma he or she sustained at a tender age. Click here to find out more about how they can help you.