What You Should Know About School Bus Accidents
Although sending your child to school on a school bus is still considered one of the safest modes of transportation, accidents can nevertheless occur with serious and even fatal consequences. School bus accidents result in approximately 17,000 injuries each year.
If you or your child has been injured a school bus accident, it is important to take certain important steps to ensure your safety, health, and ability to obtain the full compensation that you deserve.
School Bus Accidents Are Complex
School bus accident cases can be complicated. These accidents often involve multiple victims and many potentially responsible parties and entities. Moreover, there may be various factors that caused the accident and further aggravated the injuries. For instance, if the accident occurred on a school bus that is operated by the school district, you will need to file a personal injury claim against the school district, meaning different parties may be liable for your or your child’s injuries.
Who Can Be Legally Responsible?
Many people and/or entities can be held responsible for your school bus accident injuries. A list of liable parties may include:
• Driver of the bus
• The school district
• Private company that operates the bus for the school district
• Manufacturer of the bus
• Parts manufacturer
• Driver of the other vehicle
• Private school operating the bus
• Government agency that designed the roadway
Determining who the liable parties are in a school bus accident can be complicated and may require research. To ensure that all liable parties are held accountable for your or your child’s injuries, it is imperative that you immediately consult with a personal injury attorney who specifically handles these types of cases.
What Damages Can I Recover?
When you are injured in a school bus accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for a variety of things, including:
• Current and future medical expenses
• Therapy and rehabilitation
• Long-term care expenses
• Lost wages
• Future earning capacity
• Disability expenses
• Mental suffering
• Physical pain and suffering
• Reduced quality and enjoyment of life
• Disfigurement and scarring
• Home health care
Insurance adjusters are not eager to fully compensate you for your losses. As such, it is in your best interest to hire an experienced attorney to help you file your personal injury claim and obtain the full extent of the compensation that you or your injured loved one deserves.
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney in Los Angeles
Were you or your child hurt in a school bus accident? It is very likely that you can recover financial damages in a lawsuit. Please contact a Los Angeles bus accident attorney to learn about your rights. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas today at 888.848.5084.