A school bus is one of the safest means of transportation, but accidents happen. They can be the fault of the bus driver, another driver, or both. If a school bus accident caused your child’s injury in a school bus accident, you might get compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit.
Tyler Fleck helps families when they need it most. He represents the victims of accidents caused by others. Their injuries may be severe, long-lasting, and cost you your job. Sometimes those affected by accidents are children, and Tyler understands the stress that creates for families. If you or your child’s injured because of another party’s negligence, call him today at (270) 446-7000 so we can schedule your free consultation.
School Buses are Relatively Safe, But Potentially Dangerous
There were 1,113 school-transportation-related accidents from 2008 to 2017, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Slightly more than half (52%) happened in the country’s rural areas. Many of those accidents caused fatalities.
During that time, 1,241 people were killed in these accidents, averaging 124 deaths per year, with 21% of them happening to victims 18 and younger. Only about 10% of those killed in these accidents were in school buses, with 20% outside (bicyclists or pedestrians) with the rest (70%) occupants of other vehicles.
Recent Kentucky Accidents Show the Problem is Close to Home
A school bus accident may occur at any time, literally on your street. Parents assume their kids will return home safe and sound, but that’s not always the case.
- A Louisville school bus accident in September killed the driver of an SUV. Fourteen of the roughly 60 passengers were treated at a hospital for injuries ranging from bruises to broken bones, reports WAVE. The SUV hit the side of the bus at an intersection. A 16-year-old passenger told the TV station he was in the back of the bus when the accident happened. He struck his head on the floor, blacked out, and woke up near the front of the bus
- In August, Letcher County child was injured after a school bus carrying 22 kids ran off a road and overturned, according to Lexington Herald-Leader. State police found it in a ditch off the right shoulder. The child was taken from the scene to a hospital
- This summer a trial of a case involving a girl injured by a school bus driver started. The accident happened in 2015, and with a lawsuit filed by her mother filed three years later. Six-year-old Ally Rednour got off the bus, but her backpack was stuck in the door. The driver, Melinda Sanders, failed to check if she was clear of the bus and drove about 1,000 feet before stopping. Rednour suffered severe abrasions to 12 percent of her body and has had several surgeries, reports the Daily Mail
If a school bus accident impacts your family, seek legal representation to make sure your legal rights are protected, and you receive fair compensation for your losses.
If You or Your Child are Injured By a School System Employee, Act Now
If a school system played a role in an accident that caused injuries, it can be held responsible for its actions. But due to Kentucky sovereign immunity laws, the system is not the same as if a private company was involved.
You need to file a notice of claim soon after the accident as well as meet the two-year statute of limitations for a vehicle accident. Without the notice, your case can be dismissed. If you’re in this situation, call our office as quickly as possible.
We need to do an investigation to have a basis to file a notice of claim, and that may take some time. When a government entity is involved in an accident, you can’t waste time getting legal help or you may be unable to get compensation for your injuries.
Get the Legal Help You Need from a Personal Injury Attorney You Can Trust
If you or a family member are injured in a school bus accident, Tyler Fleck is here to help. He can answer your questions and discuss how Kentucky law may apply it in your case. Contact The Fleck Firm for a free consultation at (270) 446-7000. We can talk about your accident and what you should do next. Insurance companies have lawyers. You should have one too.