School Bus Accidents and Legal Representation1Oct
School buses are generally considered a safe place for students, and school zones where buses congregate have stringent safety regulations. However, school bus accidents happen, and concerned individuals need to know what to do when such incidents occur.
School Bus Accident Statistics
According to the National Safety Council, while school buses are the safest way to transport children to school, accidents still occur. The NSC reports that 13,000 injuries occurred involving accidents with school buses in 2018, up from 9,000 accidents in 2012. Further, about 54 people die annually in school bus-related traffic accidents, most of the deaths (70%) occurring among individuals in other vehicles at the time of the accident.
What happens when a child is injured on a school bus? Or when a driver or passenger of another vehicle is hurt or killed in a collision with a school bus? Parents and concerned individuals need to understand sovereign immunity and the claims process should a school bus accident occur.
Sovereign Immunity in City Bus or School Bus Accidents
Sovereign immunity is one of many roadblocks facing a person injured in an accident with a school bus. Many jurisdictions have immunity laws that protect school bus drivers, the bus company, and the city or school district from being sued unless it can be proven that the bus driver made an error of negligence, committed an intentional act of harm, or engaged in a breach of duty.
Sovereign immunity laws are complicated and extensive. Someone injured in a school bus-related accident must seek legal representation. Only the best personal injury law firms can navigate the landscape of sovereign immunity laws involving school buses, school zones, and other federal, state, and local regulations and ordinances.
How the Claims Process Works
How does the claim process work when a car accident occurs with a city-owned-and-operated vehicle? Generally, there are two types of claim processes. They are:
- Negligence claims. If an attorney can prove negligence on the part of the school bus driver or the maintenance and condition of the bus, they may be able to reach a settlement.
- Willful harm claims. If an attorney can prove an intent to create willful harm (that led to the accident) on the part of the school bus driver or the maintenance and condition of the bus, they may be able to reach a settlement.
Seeking Professional Help for School Bus Injury
Legal help for school bus accidents is essential because many laws and immunity clauses protect bus drivers, school districts, and city governments from being held liable in the event of an accident. That’s why working with a personal injury attorney specializing in Florida traffic laws and Florida school zone regulations is so important. With that in mind, if an accident does occur and you or a loved one are the victim of a school bus collision, please call Magazine Law Group at 727-499-9900.
 NSC. “School Bus.” National Safety Council, 2018. injuryfacts.nsc.org