Sacramento School Bus Accident Lawyers

school bus crashThe 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.

School Bus Safety Tips

  • Stand at least six feet away from the bus at the curb as you wait that’s about three large steps.
  • Do not board the bus until the driver has signaled you to do so.
  • Always make sure the driver sees you before leaving the curb to cross the street in front of the bus.
  • If you must cross in front of the bus to board or exit, walk at least 10 feet in front of the bus so that the driver can see you.
  • Do not walk behind the school bus.
  • If you drop something near the bus, tell your bus driver. Do not attempt to get it back right away, because the driver may not see you.

Sacramento School Bus Accident Lawyers

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.

Negligence and School Bus Accidents

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.

Defective School Buses

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.

Contact a Sacramento School Bus Accident Lawyer Today

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.

Call (916) 777-7777 or use the Free Case Evaluation today.