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School buses are specially designed to protect passengers inside. When a bus is carrying your child to school, you expect buses to have safety features to keep your child safe as they travel to and from school.
Unlike cars and vans, school buses are higher up so if a car does hit the bus, the passengers inside have more protection because the impact will be lower down. The fact that school buses are large and painted yellow improves their visibility on the road. The layout of the seats inside protect the kids from severe accidents and have shock-absorbing seat backs.
It is important to teach your child about school bus safety to help them avoid accidents and keep safe on their way to school.
In an unfortunate case your child has been involved in a school bus accident, you need to know what to do next.
Here is how to make a compensation claim:
1. Write down details about the accident
When you approach a personal injury lawyer, they will want to know all the details about the incident. After the accident, you should speak to your child and ask them what happened. The sooner you get the information, the more they will probably remember. School buses tend to be busy and loud so your child might not know what happened exactly but any information could be useful.
Write down this information and you can give it to your lawyer when you begin your case.
2. Talk to other parents
If other children were involved in the accident, it’s likely other parents are in your situation too and looking to speak to a personal injury lawyer. Their children might have seen something different to what your child saw, so it’s useful to talk to other parents to get a better understanding of the situation.
3. Determine who is liable
There are many things to consider when making a claim for a school bus accident, and one of the main considerations is, who is liable for the accident?
In a school bus accident, there could be different people who could be held responsible, such as:
- The school bus driver: if the driver was negligent or driving dangerously they can be held responsible.
- The owner of the school bus: was the accident caused by the faulty maintenance of the bus? If yes, then the owner of school bus could be held liable.
- Other driver: was it another driver who caused the accident?
By talking to the authorities you can find out who is liable for the school bus accident after investigations have been completed.
Don’t worry, if you’re not sure who is responsible for the accident, your lawyer will find out when building your case.
4. Find a personal injury lawyer for your case
Do your research to find the best attorney for your child’s case. You need to find a lawyer who has experience dealing with similar cases and will do their best for your child.
There are many different attorneys out there and you need to have an experienced lawyer who has a history of success.
Our personal injury lawyers at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, have received significant compensation results for their clients over the years. With their experience working on a wide range of personal injury cases, they will be able to bring their expertise and knowledge when fighting your case.
Begin your school bus compensation claim
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Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.