Little Rock School Bus Accident Attorney
School bus accidents can cause devastating injuries and even death to innocent victims. 23.5 million elementary and secondary school children ride school buses daily throughout the United States, twice a day. On average 17,000 children are injured each year in school bus related accidents. These child injuries happen most frequently when a school bus is involved in an accident with another vehicle or while children are boarding or getting off a bus. Most school buses are not equipped with safety belts or restraint systems. Consequently, children are especially vulnerable to injury when they fall out of their seats during crashes or when bus drivers brake suddenly or make sharp turns. Although the majority of the injuries are minor, some are catastrophic and as many as 11 children a year die as a result of a school bus accident.
School bus accidents can be caused by many different contributing factors such as driver negligence, inadequate security, dangerous roadways, weather conditions, defective products and improper maintenance.
In Arkansas, when a bus driver is negligent for a school bus injury, the child and his parents have a limited claim against the bus driver and the driver’s employer, which in most cases is the school board or school district. The same limitations apply to the occupants of other vehicles and pedestrians who are injured through the negligence of a school bus driver.
If your child or loved one has been seriously injured in an accident involving a school bus, you need the advice of an experienced Arkansas school bus accident attorney. Claims for damages against a public entity or governmental entity are complex and have strict time limitations. The laws vary greatly depending upon the circumstances surrounding the accident. Contact the attorneys at the Law Office of of Thomas G. Buchanan. Call us today at 501-296-9820 for an initial consultation. There is no fee to you unless we win your case.
Injuries to bus accident passengers may include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Head, neck or back trauma
- Spinal cord injury
- Loss of limbs
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Soft tissue trauma
- Internal bleeding
The victim of a school bus accident could be a child that rides the bus, the driver or passenger in another vehicle or a pedestrian. If you or a loved one has been injured by a school bus, you may have a claim against the bus company, school district and others for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost future earnings
- Pain and suffering (includes disability, disfigurement, physical pain and emotional distress)
- Loss of quality of life
- Other damages
If your loved one has been killed by a school bus, you may have a claim against the trucking company and others for the following:
- Lost economic contributions
- Loss of care and companionship
- Funeral expenses
- Other damages
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Thomas G. Buchanan have years of experience in handling school bus accident cases and can help you if your loved one has been injured as a result of a school bus accident. The Arkansas school bus accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Thomas G. Buchanan have the financial stability, experience, medical knowledge and courtroom track record necessary to make certain that you or your loved one, obtain full and fair compensation. We will thoroughly prepare each case, review accident and medical records, speak to witnesses and health care providers, access liability and consider all possible legal and medical issues. Call us today at 501-296-9820 for an initial consultation. There is no fee to you unless we win your case. We serve clients in Little Rock, South, Eastern, and Western Arkansas.