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For millions of students across the United States, the iconic yellow school bus represents a reliable and trusted mode of transportation to and from school each day. However, when school bus accidents occur, the consequences can be devastating. School bus accidents can result in severe injuries and, in some tragic cases, loss of life.

If you or a loved one was injured in a school bus accident, it’s important that you take legal action. A Premier School Bus Accident Lawyer can fight to hold the negligent party accountable and get fair compensation on your behalf. To learn how, contact a lawyer near you for a free consultation.

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School bus accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, many of which are preventable. One of the leading causes of school bus accidents is driver negligence. For example:

  • Distracted driving, such as texting or using a cell phone while operating the bus, can significantly impair a driver's ability to react promptly to hazardous situations. 
  • Speeding, especially in adverse weather conditions or school zones, increases the risk of losing control and reduces the driver's ability to stop in time. 
  • Impaired driving due to alcohol, drugs, or fatigue can also severely compromise a driver's judgment and reaction time.

Mechanical issues with the school bus itself can also lead to school bus accidents. For example:

  • Brake failures, such as worn brake pads or leaks in the brake system, can make it challenging to stop the bus promptly. 
  • Tire blowouts, often caused by improper maintenance or overloading, can lead to loss of control and potential rollovers. 
  • Neglecting regular maintenance checks and failing to address mechanical problems promptly can exacerbate these risks.

If you are involved in a bus accident, take immediate steps to ensure your safety, the safety of others, and protect your legal rights. Whether you’re a motorist hit by a school bus, or you’re filing a bus passenger accident claim, here are some steps to take if you’re in a bus accident:

Check for injuries and move to a safe location

First and foremost, check yourself and others for injuries. If anyone is seriously injured, call 911 or the emergency services in your area immediately.

If it’s safe to do so, move away from the bus accident scene to a safe location, especially if the bus is blocking traffic or in a dangerous position.

Report the accident to local law enforcement

Call the police to report the bus collision and wait for an officer to arrive at the scene. They will create an official accident report, which will likely include:

  • The date, time, and location of the crash
  • Names, vehicle information, and insurance details of the parties involved
  • A description of road and/or traffic conditions
  • Statements from witnesses, passengers, and drivers
  • Citations and arrests (if there are any)
  • A diagram of the accident scene

Exchange information

While waiting for a police officer to arrive, exchange contact and insurance information with the bus driver, other drivers involved, and any witnesses. Gather names, phone numbers, addresses, and insurance details. It's also helpful to take notes about the make, model, and color of the other vehicles involved.

Document the crash scene

If you’re able to, take photographs or videos of the bus accident scene, including the position of vehicles, damage, road conditions, traffic signals, and signage. Also, consider taking notes of the accident scene details, including:

  • The road conditions
  • Damage to vehicles or nearby structures
  • Locations of surveillance cameras
  • Statements and contact information of witnesses

Seek medical attention

Even if you don’t believe you’re seriously injured, it's important to seek medical attention. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent but can manifest later. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent complications and help in the documentation of injuries.

Plus, a timely diagnosis can help establish a clear link between your injuries and the bus accident you were involved in.

Notify your insurance company

Report the school bus accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. Provide them with all relevant information, including the police report and contact details of other parties involved.

Be careful not to discuss fault or blame. Anything you say to insurance companies (even your own) can have an impact on the outcome of your claim. It’s best to stick to the facts and only provide the date, time, location, parties involved, and any injuries sustained. 

Consult with a school bus accident lawyer

If you’re involved in a school bus accident, consult with a lawyer to learn about your rights and options for seeking compensation. A school bus accident lawyer who fully understands the law can guide you in the right direction and handle all aspects of your claim from start to finish.

Follow all recommendations

Your activity while pursuing a claim after a school bus accident can affect your ability to recover damages. For the best possible outcome, adhere to the recommendations offered by your lawyer and your doctor. That includes:

  • Attending all medical appointments
  • Avoiding activities that can worsen or disprove your injury
  • Avoiding social media posts that discuss your school bus accident
  • Refraining from providing recorded statements to the at-fault party’s insurance company

The average settlement for a school bus accident varies based on the extent of your injuries, whether there was a fatality, and other specific circumstances of the case. Settlements can range from tens of thousands to over a million dollars.

For example, more severe cases involving wrongful death or catastrophic injuries can result in settlements that exceed $1 million, while less severe injuries might result in settlements between $100,000 and $250,000.

An experienced school bus accident lawyer can accurately tally up your damages and determine how much money you’re entitled to. This may include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and future earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Long-term care and rehabilitation services
  • Daily assistance if you’re disabled

Injured in a school bus accident? Don’t hesitate to get legal help. School bus accident cases are often highly complex and difficult to handle on your own. With the help of a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer, you can level the playing field and increase your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.

To get started on your claim, contact a Premier School Accident Attorney in your area and schedule a free consultation. If you decide to hire a lawyer, it won’t cost you anything up front. Premier Attorneys work on a contingency fee structure and only charge a certain percentage of your settlement or award if you’re fully compensated.

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