School Bus Accidents
On average, nearly 20 students die in school bus accidents every year. According to research, more than 1,500 children have been killed in school transportation crashes since 1998. At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C., our team is ready to help you fight for the compensation that you need after an avoidable school bus accident. We believe that schools and bus drivers should be held responsible for their negligence. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a school bus accident, call our office at (703) 934-1083 to request a free consultation.
School Bus Safety
School buses are designed to prevent crashes and – in the event of an accident – they are built to be safer than cars. School bus safety features include:
- Cross-view mirrors to increase driver visibility
- Flashing lights and stop signs to protect pedestrians
- Bright paint to identify the vehicle as a school bus
- Reinforced siding to protect passengers
In addition to these qualities, the U.S. Department of Transportation states that well-qualified drivers, frequent driver screening, and background checks are necessary to ensure child safety on school busses.
Causes of School Bus Accidents
Like any traffic collision, school bus accidents are preventable. Although some crashes may be the result of bad weather, most are caused by human error, such as:
- Negligent driving
- Drunk drivers
- Distracted driving
- Blind spots
- Driver inexperience
Who can I sue for a school bus accident?
Determining liability in a school bus accident is never easy, but the Northern Virginia bus accident attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. can help you create an aggressive case to recover damages for your (or your child’s) injuries. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you may be able to sue the school district, the bus manufacturer, or the bus driver for compensation.
Our team has served clients for more than 90 combined years. With decades of experience behind us, we are confident in our ability to help you. Call today!