Over 26 million k-12 students are transported on school buses daily in the United States and 1.5 million of those students are riding Pennsylvania school buses. Safety and transportation experts often report that school buses are safe and that accidents and injuries are rare, but that is no comfort to the families and friends of the people who die or are injured in school bus accidents in Philadelphia each year.
Injuries and injured parties on school buses
Students can be injured as bus passengers in an accident, but students are also injured entering, exiting, and waiting for the bus. Other vehicles are required to stop for school buses when they are stopped to let students off of the bus, but sometimes they fail to stop and students are injured as a result. Students are not the only bus accident injury victims, however. Other victims may include pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicle occupants. School bus accident injuries can be devastating and fatal for several reasons including that they usually do not have safety belts to restrain passengers, buses are large and massive causing severe injuries to those who collide with the bus, and rollover accidents are more frequent with school buses due to their structure and design.
Causes of school bus accidents
Causes of school bus accidents often include the following:
- Not enough supervision to keep students under control
- Alcohol or drug impairment
- Bus driver fatigue
- Hours of service violations
- Poor weather conditions
- Impaired bus driver visibility due to size and design of the bus and large blind spot areas
- Distracted driving
School bus accident fault
There are a number of parties that can be found liable for school bus accidents. Those parties may include:
- The school district or other government entity bus owner
- The school bus contracting company
- The bus driver
- The bus manufacturer
- The driver of another vehicle involved in the accident
- Party responsible for road maintenance if poorly maintained roads caused or contributed to the accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in a school bus accident, contact Philadelphia school bus accident attorney, Daniel S. Doyle. Our school bus accident team understands the stress you and your family may be feeling after the accident and we want to help alleviate some of that stress. We know that it is important to see that you are compensated for your immediate injuries and damages and we will also work to help you move forward by seeing that you are compensated for things like continuing/future medical care, diminished earning capacity, and disability. You deserve to receive a full financial recovery.