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School Bus AccidentWhen school children board a school bus, the last thing they think about is getting into a fatal accident. Although buses in general are a safer mode of transportation due to their massive size, they are not invulnerable to accidents. When a bus is involved in an accident, its passengers, who are often not wearing seatbelts, can get seriously injured or even die.

On Thursday, April 10th, a school bus carrying high school students from 15 Los Angeles Unified School District campuses collided with a FedEx tractor-trailer on the Interstate 5 Freeway north of Highway 32 near Orland in Northern California. According to investigators, the truck may have been attempting to avoid another car when it collided with the bus. The truck driver was killed. Ten students were killed and thirty-two more were hospitalized.

The students were traveling north on a tour visit to the campus of Humboldt State University in Arcata. The group included 10 students from the Los Angeles Unified School district.

Steps to Take After a Bus Accident

Getting injured in any type of accident can significantly alter the victim’s life and the lives of their loved ones. The best way to deal with the aftermath of a bus accident is to know what to do ahead of time. Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers recommend that bus accident victims take the following steps to protect their legal rights:

  • Move to a safe location.
  • Get immediate medical attention, even the injuries seem minor.
  • File a police report, if the police do not come to the scene of the accident.
  • Contact an experienced attorney to help them get the full extent of compensation they are entitled to.

While filing a legal claim may not undue the painful accident and the resulting injuries, it will help you get the financial assistance you and your family members need to deal with the expensive medical treatments. It may also be an important step in bringing closure to a devastating experience.

Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer

At the Law Offices of Samer Habbas, our bus accident lawyers are experienced in handling all types of auto accidents, especially those involving buses, and getting our clients the compensation they deserve. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our lawyers, please call us at 888.848.5084.