Car Vs. School Bus Accidents

Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyers For School Bus Accidents

Over 20 million children are driven to and from school every day by a school bus. Parents trust that these school buses will safely transport their children. However, many of these buses are poorly maintained, lack seat belts and are driven by poorly trained and overworked drivers. As a result, over 10,000 children are injured every year in school bus accidents.

Many injuries occur when children are riding on the school bus; however, many injuries occur when getting on and off the bus. In fact, a very high percentage of child school fatalities occur when they are entering or exiting the bus vs. riding on the bus. These high percentages of child fatalities occur primarily because negligent motorists ignore the laws of the Commonwealth, such as the "illegal to pass when red lights flashing and stop sign engaged on school bus." The motorist's reckless disregard for the laws and children's safety results in an accident when a motorist fails to stop when a bus is picking up or dropping off students.

Cause Of School Bus Accidents

Injuries or deaths occurring while a passenger is in or being around school buses and bus stops can be caused by one or a combination of the below factors:

  • Distracted or inattentive motorists
  • Inexperienced or poorly trained bus drivers
  • Failure to maintain brakes, lights, mechanized side mounted stop sign, reflectors and other safety equipment
  • School bus driver negligence
  • The negligent location of a bus stop near a busy street and other dangerous intersections

Bus stop accidents often result in serious injuries or death. These accidents are often caused by a motorist's failure to acknowledge and obey the bus' mechanical stop sign. In many cases, the driver's failure to obey the law and use reasonable care results in the driver striking the child as he or she is getting on or off the school bus. Even if the driver obeys the blinking school bus lights and mechanical stop sign, the driver still needs to use extreme caution after the lights stop blinking and after the stop sign is deactivated, as children may still be nearby.

Proving liability for a school bus or bus stop injury case can be difficult. Especially when the school district attempts to shift blame away from themselves and their drivers. For this reason, Ellis Law Offices commences every case with a very thorough investigation of both the facts and the law in order to hold those who caused the accident responsible.

Contact Massachusetts Bus Accident Lawyers At Ellis Law Offices

If your child has been injured or killed in a school bus or bus stop accident, you should contact Ellis Law Offices as soon as possible. Let us assist you during this difficult time. Call us for your free initial consultation or email us. For your convenience, home and hospital visits are available upon request.