School Bus Accident Attorneys
Every school day, roughly 440,000 yellow school buses transport more than 24 million students to and from school and school-related activities, accounting for more than 8.8 billion student trips per year. That makes school buses the largest type of mass transit in the United States While school bus transportation has proven to be the safest way to transport a child, especially given the high number of trips taken, an estimated 5,000 children sustain injuries each year in school bus related accidents. In addition, an average of 26 children die annually from school bus injury--seven as passengers and 19 as pedestrians (getting on or off a school bus.) More kids die when they're hit by a school bus than when riding in school buses, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Council, and half of all school-age pedestrians killed in school bus accidents are between the ages of five and seven. in addition to the school buses, motorists pose a risk, to to school-age pedestrians as well. Studies have shown that in a single day, hundreds of thousands of cars pass stopped school buses illegally.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a school-bus accident is one that directly or indirectly involves a school bus-type vehicle or a vehicle functioning as a school bus by transporting students to or from school or school-related activities. The number of fatalities attributed to school bus accidents is small in comparison to the average 800 school-age children killed each year as passengers in other motor vehicles or while walking or riding their bicycles during school transportation hours.
The relatively small number of passenger fatalities in school bus accidents could be due to the low speed at which buses usually travel and to the large size of the bus itself. This size, however, often poses a threat to other motor vehicles sharing the road with the school bus. In fact, of the 1,479 total school bus accident fatalities occurring between 1991 and 2001, 68 percent were occupants of other vehicles involved. In total, one-third of the 406,000 fatal traffic crashes that occurred between 1991 and 2001 classify as school-transportation-related.
Although infrequent, school bus accidents do occur, and they are devastating for the students, drivers, parents, and communities involved. In a school bus accident, there are many factors to consider before determining negligence, assigning liability, or assessing damages that may be claimed. When a school bus injury occurs, a thorough investigation and evaluation of the cause(s)--conducted by a personal injury attorney with direct experience handling school bus accidents--is always the best way to proceed. Once the cause of the accident and severity of the school bus injury is determined and liability is ascertained, a school bus injury lawyer and the victim's family can reach an informed decision about whether or not to pursue a lawsuit or other legal option.
The skilled personal injury lawyers and accident attorneys at Schwartz Roller LLP and its affiliate law firms are have represented numerous school bus injury cases to successful conclusions. They understand the complexities of investigating, litigating, negotiating, and resolving school bus accident claims and are experts at effectively presenting school bus injury cases to insurance adjusters and juries. Our resources include a top-notch team of professional investigators and experts who can analyze the evidence and help our school bus injury attorneys obtain swift justice and maximum cash awards for injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and all other related costs and expenses.
If you or a loved on suffered a school bus accident injury, or if someone in your family died as the result of injuries sustained in a school bus accident, contact the law offices of Schwartz Roller LLP. A school bus injury lawyer on our team can offer you a free, confidential evaluation of your case and advise you of your rights.
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