School Bus Accidents
Approximately 480,000 school buses transport 26.0 million children to elementary and secondary school each year, and the buses they ride typically do not have seat belts. This creates a recipe for disaster when a school bus is involved in a crash. Tragically, 12,000 children per year are injured in school bus accidents and slightly more than 100 people are killed.
In addition to crashes, children can be injured or killed when children are not properly supervised as they are getting on and off the bus. Children are in a definite zone of danger when they are boarding and exiting the bus, and the bus driver has a responsibility to ensure the children's safety.
Most school buses are operated by school boards or other governmental entities, which creates a host of legal issues. For instance, in Tennessee, governmental entities are given "sovereign immunity" pursuant to the Governmental Tort Liability Act. Our experienced team of school bus attorneys can tell you if your claim is an exception to the statutory immunity. The Governmental Tort Liability Act also requires you to go through the statutory claims procedure prior to filing suit. And finally, the Act caps the amount of damages recoverable. Our award-winning lawyers are well-versed in the issues surrounding school bus accidents as well as the law and procedures associated with the Governmental Tort Liability Act, and we are here to help you.
If your child has been injured in a bus accident, we understand your devastation and we want to help you hold the at-fault parties responsible. By pursuing your legal rights, you can not only recover the compensation you and your child deserve, but you can also help deter future accidents by bringing awareness to the issue and making the responsible party pay.
Hiring an experienced attorney is absolutely critical in any injury case. We want to make sure you find one even if it turns out not to be us. On our FAQ page, we have a number of Legal Guides to help accident victims understand the process. Some pages we encourage you to read are:
We know that accident victims do not want to pay an attorney to find out if they have a case which is why we offer a free initial consultation that is without obligation. Simply give us a call to learn about your legal rights and options. If we think we can help and you decide to hire us, we handle all school bus accident cases on a contingency basis so we only get paid if we recover money for you and your family. We have offices in Middle Tennessee but we help injury victims across the State of Tennessee. Contact us today as there is a very limited time to pursue your rights.
Other Bus Accident Information:
- Causes of Bus Accidents
- Tour and Charter Bus Accidents
- Municipal Bus Accidents
- Church Bus and Church Van Accidents
- Prison Bus Accidents
- Medical Transport Accidents
- Hotel and Airport Shuttle Bus Accidents
- Bus Crash Statistics
- Investigation of Bus Accidents
- Spoliation of Evidence in Bus Accident Cases
- Damages Recoverable from a Bus Accident
- Can I file suit if I am still treating for my injuries?
- Can I file suit if the negligent driver died in the accident?