A Los Angeles Unified School District Bus collided with two vehicles injuring nine of the 58 kids aboard and the driver of one of the cars. The accident happened near the intersection of Manchester Avenue and South Van Ness Avenue around 7:30 a.m., Wednesday September 25, 2019.
According to the LA Police Department, most of the injuries were minor with some children suffering from emotional trauma as well. The driver that was hospitalized is suffering from non-life-threatening injuries, and at present, it’s unclear what caused the three vehicles to collide. Police say that the accident is still under investigation.
School Bus Accidents
Each year, around 17,000 kids are sent to the emergency room because of a school bus accident. Out of those, around 130 tragically pass away from their injuries. When parents send their kids off to school, they expect them to be safe at the bus stop and during bus ride to school and back home, and when this doesn’t happen, it can bring hardship and anxiety for the family worrying about their injured child.
At the Law Offices of Steers & Associates, we understand how important and precious your children are, and how difficult it is to sit and watch your child suffer from a school bus accident. We believe that children should be able to get to and from school without being injured due to someone else’s negligence, and we will fight hard for get justice and fair compensation for your child.
School Bus Accident Injuries
Statistically, a school bus is one of the safest places for your child when traveling to and from school. School bus accidents and injuries are rare compared to the risk of accident in passenger cars for the same number of miles driven. This is because a bus has a fair amount weight and layers of steel and other metals protecting those inside.
When accidents occur, the kids suffer most of their injuries form being thrown about inside the bus. Emergency personnel and trauma centers report seeing certain common injuries in school bus accidents, some of them are:
- Head Injuries
- Broken Noses
- Facial Bone Factures
- Broken Arms/Legs
- Broken Collarbones
- Deep Bruises
Who Pays for School Bus Accident Injuries?
In the majority of cases, the fault of a school bus accident is with the other driver. When this happens, the driver’s insurance will pay for the damages subject to the cap on the policy. When it’s the fault of the school bus driver, then the parents can make a claim against the school district on behalf of their injured child.
California law both prohibits suits against the government and allows for exceptions in certain cases, and a school bus accident is one of those exceptions. However, the law also limits the amount of compensation the school will pay, and it puts certain limitations like notice requirements and filing deadlines. A mistake in any one of these areas can result in the dismissal of the person’s claims.
So while it’s possible to sue the school for injuries, it is recommended that the inured person get an attorney to help them be successful in making their claim.
Contact a Los Angeles School Bus Accident Attorney
The best thing to do when injured in an automobile accident is to talk to an attorney. Even if you don’t hire one, you owe it to yourself to be advised of the law by an impartial professional. Then if you decide to get representation, then choose someone who is experienced and understands the law. Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online. We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with every type of motor vehicle accident, and we get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers. Call us now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.