According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2006 to 2015 there were 1,172 school-transportation-related crashes. From those crashes, 1,313 people were killed, averaging out to 131 fatalities a year. Of those 131 fatalities, 102 were school-age pedestrians. 61% being struck by school buses, 3% by vehicles functioning as school buses and 36% by other vehicles.
Losing a loved one or seeing them injured is difficult, but even more so when the loved one is a child. Sending children off to school on a school bus is typically considered the safest option. However, children can be seriously injured or killed by the negligent acts of a driver, whether it be by the school bus driver or another driver on the road.
Physical injuries can have a lasting or permanent effect on a child’s developing body. If you or someone you love has long lasting injuries as a result of a school bus accident, you may need to file a lawsuit to get the compensation you deserve. Your compensation can include: medical expenses, therapy, home health care, lost income, modifications needed to assist with any disabilities, and the diminishing quality of life after the wreck. At Manchin Injury Law Group, we can investigate the child’s injuries and the future impact those injuries can have.
Collisions involving buses can be complicated. There may be multiple victims. The person at fault needs to be determined. If it was the bus driver, you’ll then need to confirm if the driver was an agent of the school. There are special procedures and other factors to consider when suing after a bus collision. We can help you make the best decision possible.
If you are in a situation where your child has suffered life-altering injuries from a crash involving a school bus, we can help. Contact one of our accident lawyers in Charleston to see what legal options you have.