Bus Accident Lawyers in Boston
Fighting for the Compensation You & Your Family Need to Move Forward
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. School and transit buses account for about 41% and 33% of all buses involved in fatal crashes.
At Mitcheson & Lee LLP, our legal team provides dedicated representation for the victims of bus accidents and their families. We understand that an injury claim will not undo what's been done, but it can provide you and your family with what you need to put this incident behind you. Contact us today to learn how we can help with your case.
Causes of Bus Accidents
There are various reasons as to why a bus driver may be involved in a bus accident. Unfortunately, bus drivers are not immune to the acts of negligence that are common among all drivers: Distractions, speeding, and lack of awareness are just a few examples. Bus accidents can also be caused by external factors that are out of the driver’s control, such as the weather, road conditions, and more.
Common causes include, but are not limited to:
Inadequate training of bus drivers
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
Who is Liable for Bus Accidents?
When bus accidents occur, multiple parties may be liable for the resulting damages. The bus driver can be solely liable if their negligence alone is the cause of the accident, but this is not always the case. Their employer — such as schools, municipalities, and transportation companies — can be held liable for hiring unqualified drivers or failing to adequately train their drivers. Other parties who may be liable in cases of bus accidents include vehicle manufacturers, mechanics, the people who repair the roads, and more.
Our bus accident attorneys in Boston will work to determine the cause of your injuries and hold the responsible parties accountable. We can examine the scene of the accident and investigate photographs, surveillance footage, maintenance records, and hiring documents to identify potential liability. We can also seek the assistance of expert witnesses to help with your case.