No one wants to ever experience the pain of losing their child in a school bus accident. School buses transport about 23.5 million children to school every year according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Despite procedures and safeguards in place to ensure the safety of riders on school buses, on average about 6 school-aged children die in a traffic crash involving a school bus every year. In 2015, 9 passengers died while riding a school bus, and 5 children were struck and killed by a school bus. The fatality rates for passengers riding on regular buses are far more alarming. In 2015, the fatality rates for buses in fatal crashes increased by 11% from 2009, while the injury rates increased by 62% from 2009 to 2015. School and transit buses account for about 41% and 33% of all buses involved in fatal crashes. There are various reasons as to why a bus driver may be involved in a bus accident. Common causes include, but are not limited to:
- Distracted driving.
- Inadequate training of bus drivers.
- Excessive speeding.
- Inclement weather, such as heavy rain or a snow storm.
- Blind spots in operating a large vehicle.
- Operating a motor vehicle in low visibility settings, such as nighttime or during a storm.
- Running a red light or stop sign.
- Poor maintenance of the bus.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are a total of 888,907 registered buses in the country, including commercial buses, private and public school buses, and state-owned bus. In Massachusetts, there are a total of 11,784 registered buses. Such accidents could lead to the loss of loved ones, and or permanent bodily and emotional injuries that would require life-long medical care. In one incident involving a bus, the driver of a public MBTA transit bus parked illegally in a no-standing zone, and hit and severely injured a city enforcement officer when the officer tried to ticket the driver. In another incident, a commercial bus traveling from Harvard to Pennsylvania struck an overpass, injuring over 30 passengers, and putting 1 in critical condition.
Bus accidents lawsuits could be especially hard to pursue without help from professional personal injury attorneys experienced in vehicle accident cases. Experienced attorneys could determine the parties liable for the accident, keep track of a time sensitive lawsuit, and organize the complicated dynamics of an accident. A bus accident may be especially time sensitive. Experienced attorneys would investigate the scene of an accident as early as possible to gather evidence before it becomes compromised or destroyed.
Here at Mitcheson & Lee, our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping the victims of bus accidents because we understand the hardships they face. Our attorneys have years of personal injury cases under their belts. We are confident that we can help you get the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that involved a bus, you or the loved one may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical Expenses.
- Rehabilitation Expenses.
- Lost Wages.
- Pain & Suffering.
At Mitcheson & Lee, our knowledgeable vehicle accident attorneys are ready to protect for your rights and obtain justice for you and your loved ones. To schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Mitcheson & Lee at (617) 939-4388 or (781) 223-3635.