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What You Need to Know about School Bus Accidents
Not soon after the school year started, an Elizabeth school bus was involved in an accident. According to the news report, some of the children were taken to the hospital for evaluation. Fortunately, there was no preliminary discussion of serious injuries arising from this particular incident.
How you can help your children avoid significant injuries
For the most part, today’s New Jersey school buses are equipped with seatbelts. At a minimum, they will be equipped with lap restraints. It is not just up to the bus driver to insist that students are strapped in their seatbelts. Parents and guardians should be adamant about their use.
Bus drivers are human. Not only should children be encouraged to buckle up, but they should also be cautioned to avoid distracting the driver. Teach them to obey the rules for their own safety.
Why you need an attorney if your child is involved in a school bus accident
• If your child is complaining of pain, secure medical treatment. Be advised that your personal car insurance will not cover the bills. Many times, the school bus does not carry its own insurance for personal injury protection. It is imperative to seek legal counsel to determine how the medical bills will be paid.
• Make sure the school and bus company are advised of your child’s injuries. Do this on an immediate basis. This is particularly important if the school bus is run by a public entity. There are special time restrictions concerning public entities, such as public schools and parts of government. An attorney can file a Notice of Claim on your child’s behalf.
• Attorneys such as the law offices of Beninato & Matrafajlo have experience conducting investigation regarding these types of cases. It is not just about securing the police report. Investigation can involve speaking with witnesses. At times, mechanical failures cause bus accidents. It is then necessary to secure an expert for evaluation.
• Most school bus accidents do not make it to court. Instead, they are settled with the bus company or their representatives. Do not attempt to do this yourself. A lawyer trained in personal injury works for you and your child. Do not settle for less.
Any type of accident can cause anxiety in addition to personal injury. If your child has been involved in a school bus accident, there is no reason to go through the process alone. Please call us to arrange an appointment at your convenience.