Injuries Sustained in a Collision With a School Bus
School buses transport over one million Texas students daily. While these vehicles are generally safe, mistakes made by the driver and the school district can lead to devastating accidents.
The size and weight of school buses make them difficult to slow down and stop, and bus collisions can seriously injure the occupants
of other vehicles.
While car accidents are far more common, school bus collisions are much deadlier. According to the National Safety Council, school bus collisions killed 95 people nationwide during 2017.
School Bus Accident Causes
There are several parties that may be responsible for a school bus collision, including the driver, the bus company, the school district, the bus mechanic, and vehicle and parts manufacturers. Accidents may occur due to a lack of proper maintenance, defective parts, or:
- Lack of driver training.
- Overloaded buses.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Fatigued driving.
- Unlicensed drivers.
- Aggressive or distracted driving.
School Bus Accident Injuries
Since school buses are such massive vehicles that dwarf most passenger cars, the combination of their mass and momentum can cause severe injuries. If you were hurt in a collision with a school bus, you should protect your health by seeking medical attention immediately. Bus accident victims may suffer serious injuries, including:
- Neck and spinal injuries
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Head and brain injuries
- Internal injuries
- Broken bones, sprains, and strains
School Bus Accident Compensation
Once a doctor diagnoses and treats your injuries, consult a vehicle accident attorney for help securing the compensation you need for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. An attorney’s expertise is essential, since there are important differences between school bus accidents and other vehicle collisions. These incidents are often complicated, since there may be several victims, and multiple parties can be held responsible for the damage caused.
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