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Injuries Relating to School Bus Accidents

Have your children been injured in a school bus accident? Our experienced bus accident lawyers can help your family! If neglect was present, your family can receive compensation for your children's medical expenses and injuries by contacting our New York Bus Accident Lawyers at Finz & Finz, P.C. today! Throughout the United States, more than 23.5 million children ride school buses daily to their elementary and secondary schools, twice a day. However, many school buses lack proper restraint systems or seatbelts, which results in 12,000 injured children each year. Though the majority of injuries may be minor, some can be tragic and as many as 11 children die each year in school bus accidents.

While many school buses have designed seatbelt restraints, safety of school buses can be improved. Children often do not wear their seatbelts and can be ejected from the school bus in an accident or collision. However, the majority of serious injuries caused by school buses often involve passengers boarding and disembarking from the large vehicle.

The majority of serious injuries associated with school buses relate to passenger boarding and leaving the large vehicles. Passing motorists have often been a factor when they disregard the school bus caution and stop signals. Children crossing the street without proper caution or when a bus driver loses sight of a child and either turns off the signals prematurely or strikes the child with the school bus are incidents that have lead to serious injury. Serious school bus accidents have also occurred in highway accidents, or where school buses roll over or go off of the roadway due to negligence or unsafe road conditions. Contact our New York Bus Accident Lawyers to learn about your family's rightful compensation for injuries incurred.

Safety of School Buses

A traditional school bus weighs approximately 10,000 pounds or more and relies on "compartmentalization" for protection of passengers. Seats are equipped with four-inches of thick foam to help separate passengers and the school bus itself is designed to absorb the external impact from an accident. While this design has been effective for certain types of school bus accidents, the lack of restraints could still allow passengers to be ejected in rollover accidents.

Common Causes of New York School Bus Accidents

Like other large motor vehicles, school buses are more likely to inflict serious injury or fatal casualties on the occupants of any other cars involved in a collision due to its size. However, most commonly, school bus passengers are killed from being run over or hit by the bus. It is extremely important that schoolchildren are taught proper safety procedures for boarding and exiting school buses.

School bus drivers must also be properly trained, using appropriate caution when loading and unloading passengers. If your school bus driver was not cautious while driving, contact our New York Lawyers today!

Many states also have laws requiring that cars following a school bus must wait to pass until the bus begins to move again or its signal and caution lights are turned off.

Legal Help for School Bus Accident Victims

If you, a family member or friend have suffered a serious injury from a school bus accident, contact our New York Bus Accident Lawyers for a Free Case Evaluation today or call (855) TOP-FIRM.

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With Labor Day Weekend behind us, children in the tristate area are back in school, and drivers need to take notice. The increase of school buses on the road, children walking or riding their bicycles to school, and teenage drivers taking part in the morning rush, means it is vital for motorists and parents to pay extra attention to ensure everyone stays safe.

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It’s hard to imagine an image more terrifying to parents.  On March 24th, 2015, a Pennsylvania school bus carrying nine children plowed into a home, the front of the bus destroying a wall, the nose of the bus not even visible in the pictures shown on the evening news.  Horrified parents rushed to the scene, hoping their children were okay.

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Sometimes we see patterns that just don’t exist.  After all, the human mind likes to make sense of chaos, and we try to make sense of the terrible events that occur around us.  It is important that we don’t just assume that correlation equals causation.  But sometimes there really are signs of systemic problems, and it is important that we don’t ignore them.

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January 14, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

No one of us wants to imagine anything negative happening to our children and grandchildren.  We do our best to protect them 24 hours a day.  We trust in our schools, our teachers, and our bus drivers.  In the wake of the recent incidents in Connecticut, we know tragedies can occur at any time, as unexpected as they may seem.  We begin not to trust for a while… or for a longer period of time.  What we do know is that we have to continue living our lives, and setting good examples for our children by learning again to have faith in their caretakers when we are not around.

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