Thinking about your child being injured is unfathomable for most parents, no matter where and when the injury occurs. However, if the injury occurs on a school bus, there is the added dimension of your child’s safety being violated. According to data from the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 48 school bus accidents in Arizona in 2020. While not an overwhelming number, the sheer mental weight of these accidents can have far reaching implications for both parents and children.
At Feller & Wendt, our team of seasoned, compassionate attorneys can help if your child has been injured in a school bus accident. With over 30 years of combined experience, we know what to look for in these types of cases. With that in mind, here’s what you need to do in the immediate aftermath of a school bus accident.
Steps to Take After a School Bus Accident
There are a number of important steps to take if your child has been injured in a school bus accident. First and foremost, make sure your child receives the necessary medical attention they need, even if injuries that appear minor. You will want to ensure there aren’t any additional, more serious underlying issues that need to be addressed.
After that, document your child’s medical treatment and records. Obtaining photographs of the accident scene, police reports, and witness statements can be helpful. You should definitely retain medical records concerning your child’s treatment and any diagnoses as well.
School buses are operated by municipalities and other government units. Lawsuits are more complicated when cities, counties, school boards, and states are involved. Your ability to recover damages may be limited, and there may also be statutes of limitations and other deadlines, so make sure to contact our experienced attorneys in a timely manner to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
What Are Some Common School Bus Accident Causes?
Like most automobile accidents, school bus accidents are usually caused by negligence, either by the driver or other motorists. Negligence can also include the manufacturer of school bus components.
Some other common causes of school bus accidents are:
- A bus driver who speeds or violates other traffic laws
- A bus driver who drives while distracted or drives under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to minimize distractions while the bus is in motion
- Failure to account for adverse weather, traffic, or road conditions
- Inadequate training or credentials for school bus drivers
- Overloading the school bus
- Defective parts that were used to assemble the school bus
- Poor maintenance of the school bus
If your child has been harmed in a bus accident, contact an Arizona school bus accident lawyer.
Contact Arizona School Bus Accident Lawyers for a Free Consultation
The safety of children should be the top priority of those in and outside the home, including teachers, bus drivers, and school officials. However, if someone such as a school bus driver, bus owner, maintenance company, or other related person or entity chooses to act negligently, a young child may be the one to pay the price. At Feller & Wendt, our Arizona personal injury attorneys understand how devastating any accident can be for a child to experience and want to help Arizona families obtain the compensation their child needs in order to recover. Give us a call (480) 702-2277 or complete our contact form to schedule your free initial consultation. We have offices within easy reach of Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, Chandler, and Tucson and we can meet you at any of these locations to discuss your claims.