The injuries suffered from a school bus accident range from death, serious friction burns, broken ankle, broken bones and even coma, just to name a few. Recovering for physical pain and suffering and economic loss, past and present, is almost impossible without experienced and local California bus attorneys. If you or someone you know has been injured in a school bus accident, you must retain experienced school bus accident attorneys like us! Don’t waive your right to sue by “sleeping on your rights.” Often the school board itself is liable for exposing vulnerable kids to harm that was avoidable.
A School Transit Mishap is Highly Likely to Be Fatal
The school bus accident statistics, discussed in more detail below, raise many other alarming issues for children and families. In fact, being injured by a school bus in California, in a major metropolis like Los Angeles, is very likely to be fatal. Childhood injuries are common on buses.
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Every year thousands of traffic fatalities occur involving a school bus — people are killed and hundreds of thousands more are injured world-wide, as the result of school bus accidents.
In 2003, 457,000 large vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds were involved in traffic crashes in the United States; 4,669 heavy vehicles were involved in fatal traffic accidents.
The costs for fatal traffic accidents exceed $20 billion, including $8.7 billion in productivity losses, $2.5 billion in resource costs, and quality of life losses valued at $13.1 billion. A vehicle is considered large if its gross vehicle weight rating exceeds 10,000 pounds.
- Lack of training on the part of the driver
- Overloaded buses
- Poorly maintained brakes
- Driving a school bus in conditions of poor visibility due to fog, snow, rain, or smoke (e.g. school bus accident)
- School Bus driver inexperience
- Fatigued, sleepy or tired big school bus operator; driving a school bus too long and too many hours without rest
- Speeding in a school bus over the limit or driving a large vehicle at high speeds beyond the road and weather conditions
- Running off the road
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Aggressive school bus driving behavior
- School bus operator driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol
- Unsafe safety systems, reflectors, lights, and other warning devices.
One out of every nine traffic fatalities involves a commercial vehicle accident like a mega bus, for example. School bus fatalities are all too common in California and the 50 states. In fact, in 2002, large vehicles accounted for 4 percent of all registered vehicles and 8 percent of total vehicle miles traveled. In 2003, large vehicles accounted for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal truck crashes and 4 percent of all vehicles involved in injury and property damage only crashes. Couple this with the below facts and you have a dangerous risk to families.
School Buses are the Largest Form of Mass Transit in the U.S.:
School buses are the biggest type of mass transit in the United States, providing almost nine million student trips every year. In comparison, this is twice as many passenger trips than are provided by transit buses across the nation.
Almost half a million school buses transport 24 million students to and from school, or school related activities, each school day. Since 1990, 407,000 fatal traffic accidents have occurred in the United States. School bus related accidents account for one third of one percent of these deaths.
National school bus accident statistics define a school bus-related crash as those that directly or indirectly involve a school bus-type vehicle, a vehicle functioning as a school bus by transporting students to or from school or related activities.
According to recent official school bus accident statistics, 1,450 people have been killed in school bus related accidents since 1990. Of these fatal accident victims, 67 percent were the occupants of other vehicles involved in the school bus accident, 25 percent were pedestrians or bicyclists, and nine percent were passengers in school bus-type vehicles.
These school bus accident statistics translate into: Approximately 27 school aged children die in school bus accidents every year. Seven of these are passengers in a school bus and twenty are pedestrians. Of these twenty pedestrians, fourteen are killed by school buses and the other six are killed by other vehicles involved in a school bus accident. More than one half of all pedestrian fatalities involve a child between the ages of five and seven.
School bus accident statistics show that most school aged pedestrians are killed in school bus accidents between the hours of three and four in the afternoon. The hour between seven and eight o’clock in the morning is also a time where children are most often the victim of school bus accidents.
According to school bus accident statistics almost one half (45 percent) of all school bus accidents involve impacts to the front end of a school bus. Other common crash types include right side impacts, non-collisions, and left side impacts, rear impacts, and top impacts in descending order.
As a general rule, school buses are a fairly safe method of transportation for school aged children, as school bus accident statistics reveal. In 2003, not a single child was killed in a school bus related crash in 45 states. Often times when school children are injured or killed in a school bus accident the circumstances were severe and at times unavoidable.
If you, or someone you love, have been killed or injured in a school bus accident, you may be eligible to file a claim to seek compensation in a personal injury or wrongful death case. You may wish to speak to a Marina del Rey attorney who can advise you of your legal rights and options in a school bus accident case. The Ehline Law Firm, A Professional Corporation, will be there to fight for your interests. If you reside or work in any Northern or Southern California City, and have been seriously injured, e-mail or call us immediately.
The chances are, you will need money for hospital bills, lost wages and loss of use of your vehicle. We help with lawsuits in the Orange County Courts, Los Angeles Courts, San Bernardino Courts and beyond. Click For Info about Los Angeles Metro Bus accidents. No matter where or how you were injured, call before it’s too late.