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School bus drivers are entrusted with children and are expected to exercise a high level of care to protect their young passengers. Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen; school buses are not immune from auto accidents. When an accident occurs, it is important for the parents of the children involved to learn what happened in the crash and for parents and injured children to protect and enforce their legal rights.
If you or a loved one was involved in a school bus crash, contact a Denver auto accident lawyer as soon as possible. You may be able to obtain compensation for medical costs, lost wages, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and other damages, and multiple parties may be required to compensate you for the role they played in the accident. The Denver auto accident attorneys at Levine Law have handled many school bus accidents and can help guide you through the legal system.
Causes of School Bus Accidents
In most cases, school bus crashes occur when the bus is transporting students. School buses regularly transport children to and from school, sporting events, and extracurricular activities. However, school buses can also be chartered for other purposes, including for adult groups who are planning trips and require a bus.
If you or a loved one is involved in a school bus crash, it is important to learn why the accident happened. If the school bus driver or any other party exercised negligence or carelessness, then the victims of the school bus accident can file a claim to obtain damages through an out-of-court settlement or a personal injury lawsuit.
Examples of negligence that can lead to a personal injury claim after a school bus crash include:
- Bus companies failing to hire qualified drivers, or failing to screen or train their drivers
- Drivers who are drowsy, intoxicated or distracted when operating the school bus
- Drivers who are speeding
- Drivers who fail to obey road signs or traffic signals and who lose control of the vehicle
- School bus drivers who veer out of their lane
- Bus drivers who make overly wide turns
- Drivers who do not adjust their speed to ensure safety in bad weather
- Drivers of other motor vehicles who encroach on the bus, who fail to stop as required, or who otherwise are careless in sharing the road with the bus
Accidents almost always involve some type of negligence or carelessness on the part of the bus driver or another motorist, and passengers on the bus are almost never at fault for the accident. Passengers, therefore, almost always have some legal recourse available to them. Furthermore, in the event that the bus driver was responsible for the accident, victims of school bus crashes may take legal action against the bus driver’s employer in addition to the driver.
How a Denver Auto Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you or a loved one was involved in a school bus accident, a Denver accident lawyer can review your case to help you determine who was responsible for the crash. Your lawyer can then take legal action on your behalf to obtain damages for the injuries and pain you suffered.
At Levine Law, our auto accident lawyers have represented many victims of school bus accidents, both children and adults. We can put our legal experience to work to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. To learn more about how we can help you, give us a call any time at (303) 333–8000. Your consultation is free and phones are always answered 24-7.