Each year, a large number of children are bussed to school and summer camp. While some children may be dropped off by a family member or loved one, the majority of children take the bus each day. Like any motor vehicle driver, bus drivers are expected to take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of each child, while operating the bus. The failure to take safety measures can result in serious or fatal consequences.
Recently, in New Jersey, three people were killed after a school bus collided with a dump truck on Interstate 80, while carrying 38 fifth graders and seven adults. According to New Jersey law, school buses must be equipped with seat belts and students can be reprimanded for not wearing his or her safety belt. However, many child safety advocates believe that the lap belts are not sufficient enough to protect children in the event of an accident. For this reason, many advocates are pushing to require shoulder straps or an alternative seat belt system that will better protect school bus riders.
According to SafeKids.org, parents should educate their children on the importance of wearing a safety belt as well as following other bus safety rules, such as using handrails when entering and exiting the bus to avoid falling. If a child is injured on a bus during a school or camp sponsored activity, multiple parties may be held responsible for any injuries that a child sustained. Those who may share liability include:
- The school district;
- The school;
- The camp;
- Staff members;
- School bus manufacturer;
- Maintenance company;
- Transportation company; and
- School bus driver.
If you or someone you love has been injured on a bus, it is important to contact an experienced attorney who may assist in determining which parties may be held liable in order to receive the just compensation that you or your loved one deserves. Injuries in a bus accident can range from minor bruises to serious injuries that require long-term care. In addition, under New Jersey law, a family member of a person killed in a bus accident may recover damages under a wrongful death action. Damages may include, pain and suffering, funeral and burial costs, and lost financial support or companionship, among others.
If your child has been injured or killed in a school bus accident, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to contact an experienced New Jersey bus accident attorney that will fight for the justice you and your family deserve. The attorneys at Rinaldo Law Group are skilled personal injury lawyers, who will fight for the compensation you and your family are entitled to receive. Please contact us today at 908-352-2500 to schedule a free initial consultation.