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school busIf your child has been injured in a school bus accident, it is imperative to speak to an experienced Miami motor vehicle collision attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we can investigate the accident and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim. You can rest assured that we are committed to pursuing the compensation you deserve for your harm.

Earlier this month, a school bus in Highlands County flipped on its side after a crash with a semi truck, which smashed into pieces. Fortunately, all 39 of the students on the bus made it out of the accident alive, although at least 22 people were taken to the hospital following the wreck. The school bus was traveling north on US 27 in the right lane just before 8 a.m., and the tractor-trailer was traveling north on US 27 in the right lane as well, some distance behind the bus. At one point, the bus came to a stop at Lake Ridge Drive to permit students to load the bus. Even though the bus had its flashing lights on, warning other drivers that it was stopped, the truck failed to stop in time and hit the bus.

A number of parties may be liable for a bus accident. In the case at hand, the truck driver who hit the bus would likely be considered negligent and be liable for the crash and any resulting injuries. Negligence occurs when an 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. Here, a truck driver using reasonable care would have been more vigilant in maintaining a reasonable speed and braking distance and thus would have been able to come to a complete stop when the bus stopped. It is important to note that under Florida law, in some cases, the truck driver’s employer may be liable for the truck driver’s negligence as well.

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busBuses can be difficult to maneuver, especially in adverse weather conditions. As a result, bus drivers have an obligation to obey traffic laws and operate the vehicle safely. Unfortunately, in some cases, intoxicated bus drivers cause accidents that result in serious injuries to passengers as well as others on the road. If you or someone close to you was harmed due to an intoxicated bus driver’s negligence, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to pursuing the compensation you deserve in your case.

In a study, “Risk Factors Associated with Bus Accident Severity in the United States,” the Journal of Safety Research found that four percent of drivers were found to have been driving under the influence, speeding, or driving while drowsy. While this number is low, given the sheer size, height, and weight of a bus, accidents involving these vehicles can have devastating consequences.

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school busCountless 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.

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The injuries sustained in a bus accident are typically much more severe than those that result from other types of automobile accidents. When bus accidents happen, the consequences can be extremely severe. If you or someone you know has been injured in a bus accident, we can help you take legal action against the at-fault party and get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We understand that this is a stressful time for your family, which is why you can expect the utmost compassion from our entire team.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported that 11,616,105 vehicles were registered as large trucks and buses across the United States in 2010. Approximately 70,000 of those vehicles were involved in wrecks that same year, which caused injuries to about 106,000 people. On top of that, the FMCSA estimates that almost 4,000 deaths that year were due to large truck and bus accidents. The FMCSA defines a bus as a vehicle that can transport 10 or more passengers at one time.

There are a number of reasons why bus accidents can happen. In some cases, bus accidents are a result of driver negligence. This refers to the failure to take proper care in doing something. Put another way, negligence is the failure to exercise reasonable care in one’s actions or omissions. Reasonable care is defined as how a typically pragmatic person would act in similar circumstances. Thus, what is considered ‘reasonable’ will vary depending on the situation. Continue reading →