What are Your Legal Rights After a School Bus Accident in Denver, CO?
It’s back-to-school season in Denver, and in many communities this means that school buses are hitting the roads. Unfortunately, while school buses serve a critical public need, they also present a very real risk for accidents and accident-related injuries.
In accidents involving school buses, child passengers, pedestrians and other motorists can all suffer serious traumatic injuries. Similar to large commercial trucks, school buses take longer to stop than other vehicles, they offer limited visibility, and their mass increases the risk of a catastrophic collision. In addition, the large number of windows on school buses creates increased potential for lacerations and other injuries; and, with no seatbelt law for school buses in Colorado, child passengers are at risk for a variety of other types of collision-related injuries.
So, what are your legal rights if you or your child has been injured in a school bus accident in Denver?
Recovering Medical Expenses and Other Losses After a School Bus Accident
In certain respects, a school bus accident is similar to any other type of vehicle collision. For example, if you or your child was injured and the school bus driver is deemed at fault in the accident, you are entitled to seek full and fair compensation for your family’s accident-related losses. This includes financial losses like medical bills, lost earnings and out-of-pocket expenses, and it also includes non-financial losses such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
These rights apply regardless of whether it was you or your child that was injured, and regardless of whether the injury occurred on the school bus, on a road or sidewalk, or in another vehicle that was involved in a school bus collision. The key is to prove that the school bus driver (or another third party) was at fault in the accident, and they best way to do this is to conduct an investigation as soon as possible.
To protect your family’s rights after a school bus accident in Denver, you should:
- Seek medical attention for yourself or your child as soon as possible. Do this even if you do not see or feel any immediate symptoms of a traumatic injury.
- If possible, take photos at the scene of the accident. Photograph the school bus and any other vehicles involved, and try to document the location and weather conditions at the time of the accident.
- Keep copies of all documentation you receive relating to the accident. This includes the police report, medical records and any records you receive from the school district.
- Avoid mistakes that could jeopardize your financial recovery, such as returning to work too soon or allowing your child to play against your doctor’s advice.
- Discuss your case with a Denver personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. You should not wait any longer than necessary to seek advice from an experienced attorney.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation at Levine Law
If you or your child has been injured in a school bus accident in the Denver area, we encourage you to contact us promptly for a free initial consultation. To speak with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers in confidence, please call 303-333-8000 or tell us how to reach you online today.