While the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates1 that riding a school bus is the safest way to get to and from school, each year a substantial number of children are injured in school bus accidents. In many cases, these children are left with significant injuries that may affect them for the rest of their lives. Thankfully, Texas law2 often allows the victims of school bus accidents to recover significant financial compensation for the losses they sustain, so it is important for parents of children that have been hurt in school bus accidents to retain an attorney immediately.
Who can be held responsible for school bus accidents?
There are a number of different parties that may be responsible for a school bus accident. Some of the more common include the following:
- Other drivers – Many school bus accidents are caused by the negligence of other drivers on the road. Examples of the kinds of negligence that could potentially result in a school bus accident include speeding, impaired driving, failing to yield the right of way, and improper vehicle maintenance.
- The school district responsible for the vehicle – In cases where a school bus is operated directly by a school district, the district may be held liable for the accident if it was caused by the negligence of one of its employees. Importantly, bringing a claim against a public school district is often subject to a special set of legal rules that apply to suing the government, and these kinds of claims are generally very time sensitive.
- The bus manufacturer – If a school bus accident was caused due to defective vehicle design or manufacture, victims may be able to successfully bring a legal claim against the manufacturer of the bus.
Contact a Houston car accident lawyer today to schedule a free consultation
If you or your child was injured in an accident involving a school bus, you should contact an attorney immediately. In many cases, injured victims can recover significant compensation for the losses they sustain. To schedule a free consultation with Houston car accident attorney Stewart J. Guss, please call our office today at 713-766-5883 or send us an email through our online contact form.