Houston, TX Injury Lawyers for School Bus Accidents

While school bus crashes account for only a very small percentage of auto accidents in Texas and across the United States each year, for the families struggling to cope with the effects of these accidents, the consequences can be devastating. Broken glass, rigid bus seats and flying debris can all cause serious injuries for school-age children on board, and drivers and passengers in vehicles hit by school buses will frequently suffer severe traumatic injuries as well. Data from the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) also show that more than one in five school bus accidents involve pedestrians, with school children accounting for approximately 70 percent of all pedestrian school bus accident fatalities.

At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we fight for individuals and families who have been injured and lost loved ones in school bus accidents. Although the percentage of accidents involving school buses may be low, in Texas alone, there are still thousands of school bus accidents every year. Whether you were involved in a vehicle collision with a school bus, your child was injured in a bus accident, or you or your child were hit by a school bus as a pedestrian, we are here to fight for the compensation you deserve.

Common Factors in School Bus Crashes

As with any type of auto accident, when seeking compensation for an accident involving a school bus, it is critical to identify the factor (or factors) that led to the collision. The NHTSA’s data show that nearly half of all fatal school bus accidents involve head-on collisions, and many school bus accidents occur when passenger vehicle and truck drivers fail to stop for buses that are loading or unloading students. Not only is it against the law to pass a school bus that has deployed its stop sign or flashing lights, but it may also be considered negligent—entitling victims and their loved ones to seek just compensation.

Other common factors in school bus crashes include:

  • Bus driver negligence or fatigue
  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Failure to yield
  • Passenger vehicle and truck defects
  • School bus malfunctions
  • Speeding (including exceeding School Zone speed limits)

Who is Liable for Injuries Sustained in a School Bus Accident?

Once the cause of the accident has been established through an exhaustive investigation, then you can identify the party (or parties) responsible for the crash. In most cases, bus accidents will involve claims against:

  • A Negligent Passenger Vehicle or Truck Driver – A driver who causes a collision with a school bus may be liable for the bus driver’s and school children’s injuries.
  • The School District (or a Private School) – If the school bus driver caused the accident, his or her employer (e.g., the school district or a private school) may be legally responsible.
  • The Bus Manufacturer or Another Third Party – School bus accident cases will frequently involve claims against vehicle manufacturers, part manufacturers, repair shops, highway authorities and other third parties as well.

Contact Morrow & Sheppard LLP in Houston for a Free Consultation

If you would like to speak with an attorney about seeking financial compensation for a school bus accident in the greater Houston, TX area, contact Morrow & Sheppard LLP. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, call (800) 489-2216 or inquire online today.

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