Bristol County School Bus Accidents
Bus Fatal Accident Statistics
Every school day 500,000 school buses transport 24 million students to and from schools. Since 1990, roughly 1,500 people have died in school bus related crashes. Of these 1,500 school bus fatalities, 67% were riders in other vehicles involved in the bus crash, 25% were pedestrians or bicyclists that came in contact with the bus and 9% were passengers on the bus.
According to these accident statistics roughly twenty-seven students die in school bus accidents each year; seven are passengers on the bus and twenty are pedestrians. More than half of these 20 pedestrian deaths involved children between these ages of five and seven. These school age pedestrian accidents usually occur between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. when buses are transporting children home or to after school activities.
If you, or your child has been injured in a private or public school bus accident we can help. We are available to represent bus accident victims throughout all of Bristol County schools and school districts, including:
Bristol County School District High Schools
- Al Noor Academy, Mansfield
- Attleboro High School, Attleboro
- Attleboro Vocational Technology High School, Attleboro
- B.M.C. Durfee High School, Fall River
- Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River
- Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro
- Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth
- Bristol County Agricultural High School, Dighton
- Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School, Taunton
- Coyle and Cassidy High School, Taunton
- Dartmouth High School, Dartmouth
- Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, Dighton
- Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Fall River
- Fairhaven High School, Fairhaven
- Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical High School, New Bedford
- Joseph Case High School, Swansea
- Mansfield High School, Mansfield
- New Bedford High School, New Bedford
- North Attleborough High School, North Attleborough
- Norton High School, Norton
- Oliver Ames High School, Easton
- Seekonk High School, Seekonk
- Somerset High School, Somerset
- Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, Easton
- Taunton High School, Taunton
- West Side Junior-Senior High School, New Bedford
- Westport High School, Westport
Unfortunately, nearly 17,000 school aged children suffer either fatal or non-fatal injuries every year in school bus related accidents. The majority of these injuries occur when the school bus is involved in an accident with another motor vehicle or when the child is getting on or off the school bus. School buses that are not equipped with seat belts can throw children from their seats when a school bus collides with another vehicle or when the school bus operator brakes suddenly or makes a sharp turn. Although less frequent than car accidents, injuries in bus accidents can be quite sever,
Who can be held responsible for school bus accidents?
Many factors and circumstances surround a bus accident. Determining who is responsible for you or your child’s injuries is heavily dependent on determining the factors that caused the accident. Hiring an attorney that can gather the facts behind the accident and determine who is responsible is a crucial step toward recovering damages in a civil suit.
Holding Bus Drivers Accountable
A bus driver negligently causes an accident when he or she falls asleep at the wheel, becomes distracted or violates a traffic signal. In most cases the company employing the bus driver and their insurance carrier will be held liable for injuries caused by the driver. However, the driver of the bus may be held personally liable for any injuries caused by his or her gross negligence. A driver exhibits gross negligence when they act with a total disregard for the safety of others. Some examples of gross negligence are operating under the influence of drugs and alcohol or speeding in great excess of the speed limit.
Holding Of Bus Companies Accountable
Often times Massachusetts cities and towns subcontract school transportation services to private companies. These private companies are responsible for maintaining their buses in a safe, working condition. Defective or worn brakes, worn tires, busted shocks, and shaky steering columns are just a handful of the defects a private bus company could send a bus out on the road with. Not only are the bus companies responsible for putting in place proper maintenance procedures and oversight they are also responsible for hiring and training the personnel that maintain and drive the buses. Hiring a driver or mechanic that doesn’t have the proper certification could be considered a case of negligent hiring. If that incompetent employee causes the accident then the bus company could be held liable.
Bristol County School District Liability
Because school district officials are responsible for hiring the drivers or transportation companies they could be liable for the negligent conduct of the bus driver, mechanic or maintenance company they hire. These officials could also be responsible for injuries if they failed to implement or enforce reasonable safety guidelines.
Bristol County Private and Public School Bus Accident Victim Attorneys
Call (508) 588-0422 For A Free Legal Consultation
The last thing the parent of a child wants to think about when they are getting their child off to school in morning is the possibility that their son or daughter may be involved in a bus accident. Parents are justified in putting these thoughts out of their mind as school bus transportation is a fairly safe mode of transportation. However, as with all forms of transportation school buses are prone to getting into accidents.
For over thirty years The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan has been representing Massachusetts residents in personal injury claims. Our experienced attorneys have a proven track record of helping area residents seek compensation against parties responsible for bus accidents. If you or your child was injured in a school bus accident call our Massachusetts bus accident attorneys today so we can get you compensation you need to pay for:
- Lost wages and loss of future earning potential
- Loss of Companionship
- Medical bills
- Long-term future medical rehabilitation services
- Occupational Therapy
- Pain and suffering
Our Bristol County Massachusetts school bus accident victim attorneys are available 7 days a week to meet and discuss your case and personal injury claim. With offices in Taunton, Brockton, and Quincy we are conveniently located to serve clients throughout southeastern Massachusetts. Email us or call today for your free, no-obligation consultation.
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