The first day of school is an exciting time – from photo opportunities to new backpacks and school supplies. For some students, it even means riding the bus to school.
If your child will be riding the school bus this year, include these safety precautions from our Sacramento auto accident attorneys as part of preparing for the start of school.
Review the following tips with your children, and make sure they understand how to stay safe when boarding, exiting, and riding the bus.
Even with diligent school bus safety precautions, accidents can still occur. Negligent driving and vehicle defects lead to a number of school bus accidents each year. These accidents can severely injure children, and in a few tragic cases, cause wrongful death.
A bus driver without proper training or who fails to comply with traffic laws can cause a school bus accident. Poor training, inexperience, driving under the influence, and failing to obey traffic laws can all be considered negligence on the part of a school bus driver. Errors made by other drivers and bus maintenance issues can also cause accidents. Transportation companies who manage a school bus fleet have a responsibility to properly maintain each bus. Buses must be inspected regularly for safety compliance.
Defects present in a school bus can cause accidents as well. When bus design defects result in a car wreck, state product liability laws hold manufacturers, suppliers, and designers of school buses responsible for damages. Bus defects can pose a dangerous threat to children riding the school bus, and they may occur during any stage of vehicle production or result from the bus manufacturers failure to warn of dangers of using the vehicle.
School bus accidents can have very serious consequences, and the Arnold Law Firm is dedicated to helping parents hold responsible parties accountable for their child’s injuries. If your child was injured in a school bus accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. A personal injury attorney in Sacramento will thoroughly review your case and inform you of the legal options available to you.