School buses are one of the safest ways to travel, but they are not immune to accidents. In fact, school buses are involved in an average of 7,000 accidents each year in the United States.
In Georgia, school buses are involved in an average of 1,000 accidents each year. These accidents can result in serious injuries and even death.
What to Do If You Are Involved in a School Bus Accident
If you are involved in a school bus accident, there are a few things you should do:
- Stay calm and assess the situation.
- If you can, move your car to a safe location.
- Call the police and report the accident.
- Seek medical attention if you are injured.
- Get the names and contact information of the other drivers involved in the accident, as well as the names and contact information of any witnesses.
Who Is Liable for a School Bus Accident?
The liability for a school bus accident can vary depending on the circumstances of the accident. In some cases, the driver of the other vehicle may be liable. In other cases, the school district may be liable.
The school district may be liable if the driver of the school bus was negligent or if the school bus was not properly maintained.
What Are Your Legal Rights After a School Bus Accident?
If you are injured in a school bus accident, you may have legal rights. You may be able to file a personal injury claim against the driver of the other vehicle, the school district, or both.
To file a personal injury claim, you will need to prove that the other driver was negligent and that their negligence caused your injuries. You will also need to provide evidence of your damages.
If you are considering filing a personal injury claim, it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options and can represent you in your claim.
Here are some additional tips for filing a personal injury claim after a school bus accident:
- Get medical attention immediately. Even if you do not feel injured, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. This will document your injuries and help you to get the treatment you need.
- Keep a record of your injuries. This includes taking photographs of your injuries, keeping track of your medical expenses, and writing down any pain or suffering you are experiencing.
- Get witness statements. If there were any witnesses to the accident, get their contact information and ask them to write down what they saw.
- Speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney at Rebecca Kay Sapp Law Firm can help you understand your legal rights and options and can represent you in your claim.
By following these tips, you can increase your chances of recovering compensation for your injuries.
Here are some additional tips for preventing school bus accidents:
- Be aware of your surroundings when driving near a school bus.
- Obey the law and stop for school buses when their red lights are flashing and their stop arms are extended.
- Do not pass a school bus that is stopped to pick up or drop off children.
- Teach your children to be aware of their surroundings and to never cross the street in front of a school bus.
By following these tips, you can help to prevent school bus accidents and keep our children safe. If you have been involved in an accident with a bus, give our team of expert attorneys a call today at (678) 720-8422.