When parents put their children on the bus to go to school in the morning, they expect that they will return safely. Parents trust school bus drivers to be safe behind the wheel and ensure their child gets to and from school without harm. While this is usually true, there are situations in which bus accidents do happen. These can cause serious injuries to the children on board. If your child was injured in a school bus accident due to negligence, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Connecticut personal injury attorney for assistance recovering compensation as justice.
What are Common Causes of School Bus Accidents?
There are many ways that a school bus accident can happen in Connecticut. Several cases are the result of poor road conditions, dangerous weather, and malfunctioning vehicle parts. While this is true, driver negligence is the leading cause of automobile accidents. If a school bus driver is negligent and careless on the road, they can put students in harm’s way. Actions that can constitute negligence can include driving under the influence, driving while drowsy, texting and driving, speeding or reckless driving, improper lane changes, and more.
Can I Sue a School District on Behalf of my Child?
When pursuing legal action after a school bus accident, it is important to establish who is liable for the accident. This is because it is not always the fault of the school district when a school bus accident happens. Fault can vary depending on the way the accident occurred. There are different parties who can be liable, including the bus driver, the organization who owns the bus, the company contracted to provide transportation, the bus manufacturer, the driver of another vehicle, the municipality, and more.
Once liability is established, parents of the injured party and their attorney are required to prove that the injuries were a direct result of the party’s negligence. This can be done by showing that a dangerous situation was present and was not rectified, thus threatening the safety of students on the bus.
How Long Do I Have to Sue?
Parents of a child injured in a school bus accident should file a personal injury claim as soon as possible after the accident. This is because there is a statute of limitations, placing a deadline on the amount of time there is to file. In Connecticut, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the injury. Do not lose your opportunity to rightful compensation for your child. Contact our firm today for assistance.
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