Injuries Involving School Buses In Southern California
Millions of students travel to and from school on school buses every day. Generally, school buses are a very safe mode of transportation, but accidents do occur. On occasion, school bus accidents result in serious injuries and fatalities. If your child has been injured or killed while on or around a school bus, you may be entitled to compensation. Our San Diego bus accident lawyers of Martinez & Schill LLP are experienced in handling all types of personal injury and wrongful death claims. They protect our clients’ rights and make sure all liable parties are held responsible.
School Bus Accident Claims
There are a number of ways a child can be injured on or around a school bus. Some accidents involve traffic collisions with other vehicles or fixed objects. Other accidents might involve a slip-and-fall while boarding the bus. Children can also be gravely injured or killed as pedestrians just before getting on or just after getting off the bus. Regardless of the circumstances of the accident, it is important to hire an accident lawyer who is experienced in handling complex cases.
Determining who is at fault for a school bus accident can be complicated. Accidents can be caused by driver error, mechanical malfunction, improper bus stop design and other causes. Multiple parties may share liability in the accident, including:
- The bus driver
- The school district (or private school that operates the bus)
- The company that contracts to provide school buses to the school
- The bus manufacturer
- A bus parts manufacturer
- The company responsible for bus maintenance
- The driver of another vehicle involved in the accident
- The government entity that designs and maintains the bus stop
If the accident occurred on a public school bus, any subsequent lawsuit will be against a government entity. When you sue a government entity, time is of the essence. There are shorter statutes of limitations for cases involving the government, and you need to file, with help from an experienced San Diego accident lawyer, as soon as possible to avoid missing your chance for compensation.
Get Justice For Your Child
If your child has been injured or killed in a school bus accident, contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We will go over the circumstances of the accident and explain your legal options. We have offices in San Diego and Riverside, and we offer flexible hours for consultation appointments. Our experienced motor vehicle accident attorneys represent clients throughout Southern California. Call our San Diego office at 619-512-5995 or our Riverside office at 951-290-3367.