School Bus Accidents

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Each year, U.S. school buses transport about 24 million children over 4 million miles of U.S. roadways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more kids are killed when they are hit by school buses, rather than when they are riding on them. Interestingly, school buses are safer than passenger vehicles: While school buses have a rate of 0.2 deaths for every 100 million miles they travel, passenger cars have a rate of 1.6 fatalities per 100 million miles traveled.

Despite being safer, school buses can still cause serious injuries or death on rare occasions. If your child has been injured or killed in a school bus accident, you may have a legal claim, which will entitle you to a settlement that compensates you and your child for medical bills, permanent disabilities and pain and suffering.

School Bus Drivers & Drunk Driving

Sadly, there have been a number of reports of bus drivers drinking alcohol and operating school buses while intoxicated. This reckless behavior is unethical, illegal and extremely dangerous. The following are some recent reports of bus drivers driving while intoxicated:

  • January 2010: In New York, a bus driver was sentenced to 90 days in jail when she was convicted of DUI and 37 counts of reckless endangerment (one count for every student aboard the bus).
  • September 2009: In North Carolina, a school bus driver was arrested when she allegedly drove the bus drunk and, with 20 students aboard, ran over two mailboxes.
  • October 2008: In Tennessee, a school bus driver was arrested when she was found passed out behind the wheel of a bus, allegedly drunk, with 30 students aboard.

How Many Children Die Because of School Bus Accidents?

About 20 children die each year due to school bus crashes in the U.S. While only about 10 percent of school bus fatalities occur in children older than 12, most affect children 11 years old and younger.

School Bus Accident Statistics

  • More than 50 percent of school bus accidents occur when students are getting off the bus during the afternoon
  • About 25 percent of school bus accident take place in the mornings while students wait at bus stops
  • About half of all school bus fatalities involve children being struck by their own bus

Get Legal Help

If your child has been injured or killed in a school bus accident, consult an experienced truck accident lawyer who has experience handling bus accident cases. Our lawyers have the experience and the compassion to handle your case efficiently and effectively.