Articles Tagged with school bus crash

School Bus CrashIn the State of Florida, millions of students are transported via school bus on a daily basis.  The typical school bus is yellow or orange in color and clearly visible to all other drivers on the roadway.   When there is a school bus on the roadway, other drivers should pay due care and drive safely.  Of course, this is simple common sense; however, it is important to stress the importance of driving carefully when driving near school buses.  Our most precious “cargo” is on board in the form of school aged students.  At times, there are crashes involving two or more school buses who are following each other on a school outing or during a transportation run. When school buses collide, the force can be quite intense and personal injuries can and do result from these crashes.  There is no immunity per se from liability for school districts for the negligence of a school bus driver.  This should not be confused with the legal term – “Sovereign Immunity”.  When a person reads the term “Sovereign Immunity”, one may get the idea that a claim or case cannot under any circumstances be pursued against a government entity.  The truth of the matter is that a case or claim can be pursued against a government entity like a school district when there is a school bus crash that is the fault of a school bus driver.  “Sovereign Immunity”  only means that there are certain notices and procedures to follow when pursuing a case or claim against a government entity.  For instance, there is a required formal – technical 6 month notice that is required to be given to the school district.  Furthermore, there are limitations as to the amount of compensation that can be recovered and there are restrictions or limitations on the attorney fees that can be charged by a Florida Child Injury Lawyer representing the injured child.

In Clay County – Middleburg – Florida, there was a reported crash involving 3 school buses.  It was a rear end type of crash.  It was reported that 100 students were being transported with approximately 23 or so being transported and treated at a local hospital. Initial reports indicate that the first two buses stopped or were stopping when the third bus crashed into the second bus which was then pushed into the first bus.  The parents of the children injured in this Clay County school bus accident will be faced with the challenge of dealing with the child’s medical bills, the medical treatment, and the personal injuries in the aftermath of the crash.  Even though the children were on a school bus, there may be benefits available to the child under a parent’s or resident relative’s insurance policy.  Furthermore, there may be limitations as to the total amount of compensation available to the injury victims who seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.
David A. Wolf is an attorney with over 25 years of experience in handling child injury cases including school bus crashes.  He understands the importance of advocating for the injured child and providing the parents with timely and practical legal advice in the aftermath of a school bus crash or other incident causing personal injuries.  He is the author of 5 books including the book titled – When the Wheels Stop Spinning – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Parents Need to Know After the Accident.  The book covers issues including but not limited to medical bills, medical treatment, settlement and value of cases, automobile insurance, and other topics.  You can get this book for free at When the Wheels Stop Spinning.  David Wolf prides himself on his work ethic and availability to his clients and prospective clients days, nights, and weekends.  If you have a case or claim to discuss with David A. Wolf, contact him right now and see him go into action for you. He provides a FREE CONSULTATION on all injury cases. David A. Wolf handles personal injury cases including child injury cases on a contingency basis. In other words, if there is no financial recovery, there are no fees or costs charged by David A. Wolf.

School Bus Accident Personal InjuriesIn St. Johns County, Florida and the other 66 counties in the State of Florida, children are transported to and from schools in school buses and vans.  When there is a crash or accident, children are often injured and require medical care and attention.  Some injuries even require the transport by fire rescue and at times by an emergency air lift.  When a child suffers personal injuries, parents are faced with the challenges of medical bills, missed school, personal injuries, permanent injuries, and a whole host of other problems.  When faced with these issues, it is often helpful to have the guidance, counsel, and legal representation by a qualified Florida Child Injury Lawyer.  Some laws and insurance regulations make perfect sense while others do not.  Certainly, school districts, schools, and insurance companies are well represented by a panel of attorneys.  Because of this, parents should act quickly to get an advocate in place to give a voice for the injured child.  Back to the question at hand, who is responsible for the personal injuries suffered by a child when there is a school bus accident or crash?

School District.   If the school bus is owned, operated, or retained by a public school district, then the school district could be held liable for the personal injuries and damages IF it can be proved that the bus driver was negligent AND / OR there was negligence involved with the maintenance of the bus that was a contributing cause of the crash.

Private School Bus Company.   If the school district contracts out to a private school bus company, the private school bus company may be liable if there was negligent driving OR negligent maintenance that was a contributing cause of the crash.  The private school bus company, if hired by a public school district, may be able to avail itself of some of the protections of the school distrct as a public entity.  As such, further evaluation and analysis are warranted under these circumstances.  If a private school retains the private school bus company, no such protections are afforded the private school bus company.