School buses are the largest form of mass transit in the United States, providing transportation for nearly 9 million student each year. This represents twice as many passenger trips as those provided by transit buses in the U.S. As a result, school bus accidents account for more accidents and injuries than any other form of commercial transportation. Nearly half a million school buses are responsible for transporting 24 million students to and from school, or school-related activities, each school day. Approximately 27 school-aged children are killed in school bus accidents each year. Among those, an average of seven are passengers and the other 20 are pedestrians. Among the pedestrians fatalities, 14 are killed in collisions with school buses, while the other six are killed by vehicles involved in a school bus accident. More than one half of all pedestrian fatalities involve a child between the ages of 5 and 7.
Types of School Bus Accidents
Nearly half of all school bus accidents involve front-end impact. Side impact, rear impact and non-collision accidents are also common in bus accidents. Accidents may involve collisions with other buses, cars, trucks, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Statistics show that most school-aged pedestrians are killed in school bus accidents between 3-4 p.m. The second-most deadliest hour is between 7-8 a.m.
Causes of School Bus Accidents
The most common causes for fatal traffic accidents involving buses are lack of training or experience by the diver, overloaded buses, poorly maintained brakes or tires, poor visibility, fatigue on the part of the driver, unsafe speed for the conditions, alcohol or drugs.
School Bus Accident Aftermath: How An Attorney Can Help
If your child has suffered injury in a school bus accident, you should seek a qualified California personal injury attorney. Depending on the severity of the accident, victims may need to undergo surgery or may otherwise face an extended recovery period or permanent disability. Treatment for school bus-related injuries may be very expensive and cause financial stress on the family. The companies that maintain public transportation vehicles like buses are liable for the safety of their vehicles and the injuries they cause. If your child was injured in a California school bus accident, you may be able to recover monetary compensation for your child's injuries and other accident-related costs. Most personal injury attorneys in California these types of accident claims on a contingency basis. What that means is the attorney is only paid if he or she wins money damages for you.
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