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What Do I do if My Child was Injured on a School Bus?

Posted by Megan Kiefer | May 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

55% of children ride the bus to and from school, which means that school bus drivers transport over 30 million children to and from school every single day. While school buses have become more regulated over the years and the drivers are required to have commercial drivers' licenses, with a large vehicle and such a sizable number of passengers, often without seatbelts, serious accidents are not infrequent. In fact, there were over 13,000 injuries due to school bus crashes killed in 2019, resulting in 111 deaths.

If your child was riding on a school bus that was involved in an accident and suffered injuries, you may be wondering what to do and whether you should hire a lawyer to help with the injury claim.  It is important that you get your child the medical attention that he or she needs first and foremost.  Bring them to their pediatrician or if emergency medical attention is warranted, bring them to the emergency room.

We have handled dozens of accidents involving school buses, which take special consideration.  We have handled cases are on behalf of third parties who are injured by a driver of the school bus, on behalf of school bus drivers who were injured while driving a school bus, and many cases on behalf of children who were injured while riding a school bus.  

In Louisiana, we are a comparative fault state, which means that you can make a claim against everyone who may be responsible for the accident, which could be multiple people or entities. So the first thing we do is to determine all parties who may be at fault in the accident.  For example, the school bus driver may be at fault, another driver that was involved in the accident, a driver that left the scene of the accident, or even a condition of the roadway.

Next, we identify the applicable insurance and companies who may be responsible for the accident.  For example, even if your child is being transported by a company affiliated with a school, it does not mean that the bus is operated by the school.  The vast majority of school buses are third party/independent contractors who are contracted by the school to transport children on a school bus.  When a school bus is involved in the accident, that insurance company and transit company will be brought into the claim and, depending in the circumstances, the school may be responsible as well.

We also need to identify all parties who need to join into the claim on behalf of your child who was injured on the school bus.  To read more about the parties who can make this claim, see our prior discussion here: https://www.kieferandkiefer.com/who-can-sue-on-behalf-of-a-child-who-is-injured.

This information is provided for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice.  

If you have a child who was injured on a school bus or you have a school bus injury, please give us a call at 504-828-3313 for a free consultation on how we can help you with your claim or fill out the form below and one of our attorneys will be in contact with you.

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Megan Kiefer

Megan Kiefer is a partner at Kiefer & Kiefer. She is a trial attorney who specializes in personal injury, insurance defense, and appellate work and who has a proven track record in and out of court. Megan has experience as lead counsel in jury trials, judge trials, and mediations, as well as exte...

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