The Duty Of School Bus Drivers

The New York and New Jersey school bus accident attorneys of MetroLaw.Com will thoroughly investigate the factors contributing to a school bus accident to better understand who should be held liable. You may be able to file a claim against the bus company to recover for your damages. If you were a passenger on a bus that was involved in an accident, the bus company, whether public or private, owes you the "utmost duty of care" associated with being a common carrier. This "duty of utmost care" is higher than the negligence duty owed by the bus company to drivers of other vehicles and pedestrians.

Because we entrust them with our children's safety and lives, school bus drivers must abide by all transportation laws, including laws that prohibit speeding and consuming alcohol before or while driving. In addition, companies that maintain public transportation vehicles like buses are liable for the safety of their vehicles. If you or your child has been injured in a school bus accident, we can help.

How Serious Are Bus Accidents?

School bus accidents are the most tragic of all motor vehicle accidents due to the inherent involvement of young children. As a result, substantial damages are often at issue in cases of this type, and vigorous representation is required to bring all responsible parties to justice.

School bus accidents can be caused by such contributing factors as driver negligence, dangerous roads, weather conditions, defective products and improper maintenance, among others. These accidents may lead to death or serious physical injury, including:

  • Head injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Fractured bones
  • Cuts and bruising
  • Amputations
  • Internal injuries

A school bus accident can impact the lives of victims and their families. Depending on the severity of the accident, victims may need to undergo surgery or visit numerous specialists. Treatment for school bus-related injuries may be expensive and cause financial stress on the family. If you retain a skilled bus accident injury lawyer, you may be able to recover monetary compensation for your injuries and other accident-related costs.

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