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School Bus Accidents
Parents entrust their children to school buses every day. Not only that, but adults of all ages may ride on school buses in order to attend field trips, special events, or participate in tours of city attractions.
Drivers of school buses are expected to have professional training and to exercise safety precautions in order to ensure all riders safely reach their destination. Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen on school buses and people are hurt as a result.
YOUR RIGHTS AFTER A SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT IN FLORIDA
When a school bus accident occurs in Florida, it is important to determine who was at fault for the wreck. This can help build a strong claim on your behalf.
A school bus accident may be caused by:
- Negligence or wrongdoing on the part of the bus driver
- A failure to properly maintain the school bus
- A defect in the bus design
- The actions of other motorists on the road
- Failure of the school district to properly screen drivers
A school district can also be legally liable for mistakes and failing to protect its students. For example, if the district failed to properly screen bus drivers or didn’t perform required or necessary maintenance, this negligence could result in an obligation for the district to compensate the injured victims involved.
SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT CASES ARE COMPLICATED
Whoever was at fault for the wreck should be responsible for compensating accident victims for losses. If the driver was to blame for the crash, then the school district itself may also be held accountable. This is because the driver is an employee of the district and is thus considered to be acting as its agent or acting on behalf of the district.
School bus accident claims can be very challenging when the driver and district are to blame for the crash. This is because government agencies and government employees enjoy certain protections from being sued. These protections are longstanding and date back to traditional English rules that stated people couldn’t sue the king.
Today, the so-called sovereign-immunity rules impose special procedural requirements and time limits on claims made against the government. However, while sovereign immunity rules can make school bus accident claims harder, they are not impossible to pursue. An experienced West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer can help you take the necessary legal action.
CONTACT A HIGHLY-RATED SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
After a school bus accident in Florida, you must be proactive in protecting your legal rights. If you or a loved one has been hurt, contact Winig Law today for information on how our law firm can help you pursue a claim for losses including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, or wrongful death. Discuss your options with us as soon as possible.
Personal Injury Attorney Steven L. Winig, Esq. is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, and is licensed to practice before all
Florida State Courts, as well as the United States District Courts for Southern and Middle Florida.
Winig Law routinely handles cases throughout Palm Beach County including West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Wellington,
Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Greenacres, Lake Worth, Royal Palm Beach and surrounding areas.
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