School Bus Accidents in Houston
Houston Auto Accident Lawyer
Each school day more than 23 million children board school buses and ride to school in the United States. Parents trust that their children will arrive at school and back home again safely. While state laws require many elementary school children to ride in booster seats and seatbelts while traveling in cars, there are no similar requirements on a school bus. In fact, most school buses do not have seatbelts and children as young as five years old ride unrestrained.
Significant injuries can occur on school buses. Typically, school bus accidents happen in one of two ways. First, a bus can be involved in a collision with another vehicle, such as:
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the current design of school buses best protects children in front and rear end accidents. Children are much more vulnerable in side impact crashes. Second, children can be seriously injured or killed in school bus accidents that do not involve a collision with another vehicle. A child can get hurt getting on and off the bus or a child can be hit by another vehicle, while getting on or off the bus.
Recovering Damages for Injuries
If your child has been hurt in a school bus accident, you owe it to your child to pursue damages against the person or company that caused the accident. You or your child may be able to receive compensation for your child's medical bills, rehabilitation costs, nursing care, pain and suffering and, in some cases, lost income. Additionally, you may be able to recover damages if you had to take time from work or your child suffered a disability that requires continuing medical care and treatment. If your child was killed, you may be able to recover damages for his or her wrongful death. If your child has been hurt in a school bus accident, please contact a Houston car accident attorney from Wyly & Cook, LLP for help. To learn more about your available options, fill out a
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