Countless children across Florida and the United States ride school buses every day. While most kids make it to and from school safely, the sad reality is that accidents do happen. School bus accidents can lead to serious and long-term injuries for everyone involved. If you or your child has suffered an injury in a school bus accident, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our highly skilled Miami injury attorneys have successfully represented school bus accident victims and can help you as well.
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, a school transportation crash is one that involves, among other things, a school bus vehicle transporting children to or from school or school-related activities. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, school bus accidents in Florida rose 16 percent between the years 2012 to 2015. In 2015 alone, there were a reported 2,698 school bus accidents in the state. The highest rates of accidents were recorded in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
While Florida is one of a few states that has implemented safety belt requirements for school buses, the reality is that injuries continue to take place when school buses are involved in crashes. School bus accidents can have a variety of causes including, but not limited to: distracted driving, faulty bus brakes; dangerous roads, poor weather conditions, and/or improper maintenance.
If you have been injured in a school bus accident, a number of parties may be liable for the crash. For example, a third party driver may have hit the bus or caused the accident. On the other hand, the bus driver’s negligence may have caused the crash and your resulting injuries. Negligent takes place when injury or death occurs due to a person or entity’s failure to use reasonable care. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent person would act in the same or similar circumstances. Bus drivers are held to a higher standard of care than other motorists. That standards require foresight, prudence and diligence on the part of the driver, meaning the driver should do what is safest based on the circumstances and conditions at the time.
School bus accident victims may be able to recover compensation for the following: medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and any other losses related to the accident. In cases where the injury is long-term, the injured party may also be able to recover future medical expenses.
If the school bus was owned, operated, or maintained by the government, there may be a limit on the amount of money you will be able to recover. Lawsuits against the government often have other have special rules as well, which is why it is important to consult a lawyer who understands this area of law.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a school bus accident, you should reach out to a seasoned Miami bus accident attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to getting you the justice and compensation you deserve. We proudly represent clients throughout South Florida. To learn more about your legal rights and options, please call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.
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