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School Bus Accidents: How Do They Happen?

Many school districts are very careful to properly maintain their school buses and ensure that they are safe to be operated, but there can be a number of accidents that stem from issues with the buses themselves. In cases of mechanical errors with a bus, it could be possible that a school district bears liability for failure to maintain the vehicle but a defective part could make the part manufacturer liable.

Driver negligence can often be a cause of a number of school bus accidents. Some of the most frequent examples of driver negligence include, but are not limited to:

  • Failure to yield
  • Driver fatigue
  • Speeding
  • Lack of training
  • Unsafe driving for road conditions
  • Overloaded vehicle
  • Other traffic violations

Students can suffer a wide variety of possible injuries in school bus accidents that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Broken bones
  • Sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Disfigurement

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a bus rather than a car. NHTSA reported that 1,147 of the 320,874 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes between 2007 and 2016  (0.4 percent) were classified as school-transportation-related, and 1,282 people were killed in school-transportation-related crashes, which was an average of 128 fatalities per year.

According to NHTSA, 70 percent of the people killed in school-transportation-related crashes were occupants of other vehicles. Nonoccupants such as pedestrians represented 20 percent of the fatalities, and 9 percent of the fatalities were occupants of the school transportation vehicles. 

NHTSA reported that 118 occupants of school transportation vehicles, including 50 drivers and 68 passengers, and 98 school-age pedestrians (18 years of age and younger) were killed in school-transportation-related crashes between 2007 and 2016. There were also 216 pedestrian fatalities in these crashes, including 163 cases of pedestrians being struck by school transportation vehicles and 52 cases in which they were struck by another vehicle.

Contact a School Bus Accidents Attorney in New York

If your child sustained serious injuries or was killed in a school bus accident in New York, contact Hach & Rose, LLP for help getting the compensation you deserve. Call (212) 779-0057 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable member of our team today. 


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