Tampa School Bus Accident Lawyer
School buses are generally safe modes of transportation, but unfortunately, accidents do occur. Between 2006 and 2015, there were 1,313 people killed in school transportation related wrecks, an average of 131 fatalities per year. The majority of those killed in school bus accidents were in other vehicles or were pedestrians hit by buses. There are a variety of different causes for school bus accidents, and the attorneys at Bullock Law Group, Tampa school bus accident lawyer specialists, are here to help. We will evaluate your case, leaving no stone unturned. Call us today if you or a loved one has received injuries from a school bus accident as a passenger, pedestrian, or in a separate vehicle. You can be eligible to receive 100% of expenses accrued from the accident. Medical visits, prescription drugs, and physical therapy are all costs you are entitled to collect.
What Are the Most Common Causes of School Bus Accidents?
School buses are a safer method of transportation than privately owned vehicles. Drivers must complete training courses and are required to be especially careful. School buses are subject to frequent maintenance, which helps eliminate potential accidents. School districts ensure that bus drivers and maintenance crew members follow a strict set of guidelines for student safety. Unfortunately, accidents still happen. Common causes we have witnessed in our firm include:
- Other vehicles at fault
- Bus driver error or aggressiveness
- Inadequate driver training
- Poor maintenance
- Pedestrian collisions
What Are Common Injuries From School Bus Accidents?
Injuries from school bus accidents vary, depending on the involvement of the victims. Students who are passengers on a school bus are likely to have whiplash, broken bones, head or neck trauma, burns, or internal bleeding. If a pedestrian is hit during an accident, broken bones, head trauma, and internal bleeding are more likely. It is important for anyone, with or without injuries, to have a physician evaluation. Head trauma and internal bleeding are not always evident right away.
Do I Have to Sue My Child’s School if There Is a Bus Accident?
Many people involved in school bus accidents are hesitant to file suit because they believe the child’s school will suffer. Schools are subject to sovereign immunity, which means you can’t sue a government entity unless it agrees to be sued. The city of Tampa and most school districts purchase insurance to cover school bus accidents. Often, our lawyers can settle claims through insurance companies without having to step foot in a courtroom.
There are cases in which money received from insurance is not enough to cover injuries or medical expenses. We specialize in personal injury and school bus accident cases, so we understand what options will be available to you. If you do not receive 100% compensation for injury expenses, we will pursue other options, depending on which party is at fault.
Drivers without proper insurance coverage can be sued for damages and medical expenses. State law requires drivers to be fully insured and will hold them accountable for damages if they do not hold insurance coverage. The bus driver can also be accountable for damages if he or she is found to be negligent or reckless in their actions. Defective or malfunctioning bus equipment is often the fault of the bus manufacturer.
Every case we represent begins with a thorough evaluation and case investigation. Our experienced team of experts will evaluate all options, including insurance policies or other avenues for recovering compensation. Many cases see resolution outside the courts, without the need for a lawsuit.
What Damages Can My Family Receive From a School Bus Accident?
While every case is different, there are common types of compensation victims can receive after a school bus accident. We will work with you to determine the best recovery options for expenses and suffering of your family. Common damages in Florida include:
- Medical expenses – current and future needs
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings due to injury
- Pain and suffering
- Physical therapy needs
- Property damage
Each case is different, and we will help you recover as much compensation as possible for your accident and its aftermath. Seeking the advice of an experienced personal injury and school bus accident firm will be your best chance for receiving what your family is owed.
What Should I Do if My Child Is Involved in a School Bus Accident?
The most crucial factor to consider after a school bus injury is medical care. Be sure all parties involved in the accident receive proper medical care. If parties do not need immediate medical attention, take time to record as much information as possible regarding the accident:
- Witness statements
- Photos of the accident scene
- Inclement weather information
- A recorded statement from you or your loved one
- Any police assessments or comments heard
After gathering information, take your child to the doctor immediately for a complete evaluation. School bus and vehicle accidents often have injuries that are not evident immediately, such as head injuries, sprains, or broken bones. If your child requires x-rays, blood tests, or the care of a specialist, be sure to get a copy of all paperwork. Visiting a physician is an important step to ensure your child is well taken care of and ensures proper documentation. Medical documentation is one of the most important pieces of evidence in school bus accident cases.
As soon as medical care needs are met, the next step is ensuring your rights and the rights of your child are upheld. Call us immediately, free of charge, for a case evaluation. Waiting to decide on legal action is one of the most common mistakes we see our clients make. While our clients are contemplating their legal options, insurance companies and those at fault are busy building their cases. It is important that you call us as soon as medical care is complete, allowing us to build the best possible case for you and your family.
Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer to Help?
Yes, without a doubt. When accidents of any nature occur, insurance companies are immediately involved in efforts to save themselves money. Insurance companies are profit-driven and notorious for skating out of important compensation pay-outs. Every insurance company has a large legal team working diligently to avoid paying compensation to victims. You can’t compete with their expertise and resources, which is why you must call us.
Bulluck Law Group has over 20 years of experience negotiating and building cases with insurance companies. Our experience allows us to understand the type of evidence needed to build a case for insurance coverage, resulting in substantial increases in compensation from insurance companies. We are extremely successful in recovering lost wages, medical expense reimbursements, and monetary settlements for pain and suffering.
School bus accident claims are never straightforward or simple. Accidents of this type involve school districts, bus drivers, insurance companies, bus manufacturers, and other drivers. Determining which party is at fault and approaching the process with legal representation is the only way to effectively recover expenses. Call us at 813-988-7800 for your free case consultation. We will guide you and your family through the process of expense compensation. We will also be your advocate, guaranteeing your rights are protected every step of the way.
Here at Bulluck Law Group, we want to make sure you receive all the financial recovery you are entitled to. If you or your child was involved in a school bus accident, call us for a free consultation. We will review your case and discuss legal options, with no obligation.