Houston personal injury lawyer, Steve Lee knows the laws surrounding school bus safety. If your child has been seriously injured while riding a school bus, our firm can help you determine if you have a valid claim and the right to seek compensation.
School bus safety is important, as it may protect the very lives of those who ride one. While they are generally safe, there are too many incidences in which children are injured or killed.
School Bus Safety
There are federal safety standards enforced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in regard to school buses. There are requirements regarding fuel and seating systems, emergency exits, structure of the roof and more.
While not all states mandate that school buses be equipped with seat belts,Texasdoes. However, no matter what state you reside in all of them require seat belts on small school buses.
Crashes on a school bus can be the result of the driver’s error. For instance, they may take a turn too fast and end up flipping over. A school bus driver can also violate traffic laws or be distracted while driving.
Other drivers pose risks to school buses as well. Many of the accidents are the fault of another driver.
A child can also be injured when boarding or leaving a bus. Tragically, many students are killed when a driver fails to see a child or doesn’t wait long enough and drives off, sometimes striking them or running them over.
Liability When a Child Is Injured on a School Bus
If your child was injured on a school bus in Houston, a personal injury lawyer can help you determine who is liable. Fault may be found with the school bus driver or another driver.
However, in some circumstances, you may also be able to hold the school district liable. Or if the bus company was negligent, such as allowing a school bus deemed unsafe to be used, they can be at fault.
If there is a defect in the design of the bus, the manufacturer could be responsible. When more than one party may be at fault, the case can become much more complicated.
Contacting a Houston Personal Injury Lawyer
If your child was seriously injured on a school bus in Houston, personal injury lawyer, Steve Lee can help you seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses.
When school bus safety laws have been violated learn what legal options could be available by taking advantage of our firm’s free legal consultation. Consulting with a lawyer will help you better understand your rights. We are here for you – call us today at 713-921-4171.