Any time there is an accident involving a bus, it is always tragic because of the number of people that are normally involved. What makes a bus accident even worse is when the accident involves a school bus loaded with children, like what happened at Okeechobee Road and Midway Road in Port St. Lucie on March 26th where a 9-year-old boy was killed and 15 of his peers were injured.
Because of their size, buses are naturally harder to control and maneuver, and due to the higher center of gravity, they often times flip when involved in an accident which makes the risk of injury much higher.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 19 school-aged children die in school bus related traffic accidents each year.
Even though a person is more likely to be injured while riding in a car, the injuries experienced in school bus accidents tend to be more severe because of the lack of use of seatbelts. Injuries normally sustained in school bus accidents include broken bones, neck injuries, back injuries, trauma, paralysis, or, sadly, even death.
In school bus accidents, not only may the driver of the bus or another vehicle be liable for the accident, but the city or school district may be liable as well. Therefore, if you or a family member has been injured in a school bus accident, it is important to contact an experienced attorney to protect your rights.
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