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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. 


What you need to know if you have been injured in a bus accident

If you’ve been injured in a bus accident in New York, know that you have rights and legal options. While it is natural to be shocked, disoriented, and confused about what to do after a serious bus crash (especially one that results in severe injuries), try to remain calm and follow these five steps to protect your health and the injury claim you might need to file: 

  1. Call your doctor – Before you do anything else, prioritize your health and make an appointment with your doctor immediately after the accident. Common bus crash injuries are broken bones, spinal injuries, cuts and bruises, and traumatic brain injuries. Bus accidents are often more dangerous than car accidents because buses lack seat belts and some passengers are standing. 
  2. Take pictures of the scene – Pictures of the crash and the surrounding scene are often vital to proving liability for any accident. Be sure to take pictures of your injuries, other vehicles or property damaged in the crash, and the full view of the bus’ position after the crash. 
  3. Write down information – If the bus accident happens in a crowded place like New York City, try to get the names and contact information of as many witnesses as possible. They could help you prove your case in the future. Also, get the contact and insurance information of the bus driver and the drivers of other vehicles involved, if that applies. 
  4. Call the police – The bus driver or their supervisor is required to call the police following an accident, but if it appears no one has done this yet, you can call the police. Be sure to file a report with an officer because this could be used as evidence later on. 
  5. Contact a personal injury attorney – An experienced personal injury attorney could help you navigate the complicated process of filing a claim after a bus accident. Be sure to hire an attorney with the right experience and skill to handle your case.

Contact a New York Bus Accident Lawyer

The New York bus accident lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP have extensive experience handling bus accident claims. Our track record of success includes $2.3 million for a client who was struck by a New York city bus. 

If you or a loved one was involved in a bus accident, call Hach & Rose, LLP at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a consultation today.


School Bus Safety Week

National School Bus Safety Week Highlights Student Transportation Safety

Photo credit: National Association for Pupil Transportation

The National Association for Pupil Transportation has designated this week as National School Bus Safety Week. This public awareness campaign takes place every year in October and this year’s theme is “My School Bus, the Safest Form of Student Transportation.”

Although school buses are the safest form of student transportation, that doesn’t mean accidents don’t happen. According to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation, an annual average of 128 people were killed in accidents involving school buses from 2007 to 2016. 

To help avoid the risks involved in contributing to these types of fatal bus accidents, here are some tips that parents can follow:

  • Encourage your child to walk in groups, which are easier for bus drivers to identify
  • Remind your child to practice good behavior while on the bus, as bus drivers may become distracted when students are unseated and not following directions
  • Make sure that your child’s mobile devices (specifically, cell phones) are stowed away in bags or backpacks to help minimize distractions
  • Ensure that your child arrives at the bus stop at least 5 minutes early
  • Warn your child to never chase after or run in front of a missed bus, under any circumstances

Call A New York Bus Accident Attorney 

While every motor-vehicle accident could potentially result in severe or fatal injuries, school bus accidents can be especially devastating because of who they involve. As a parent, you trust and depend on school buses to transport your child safely to and from school. When that trust is broken in the event of a tragic accident, knowing what to do, or who to turn to can feel overwhelming.

If you have lost a child or loved one to a serious school bus accident, we encourage you to contact our team of compassionate attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. We are committed to helping you navigate through this difficult time, and to guiding you through the steps needed in getting the compensation that you and your loved ones deserve.

Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our understanding product defect lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP to discuss your rights and legal options. We’re here to support you, so call us at (212) 779-0057 or reach out to us online.


Mount Pleasant, NY – Bus Accident on Route 141 Leads to Injuries

Mount Pleasant, NY – Bus Accident on Route 141 Leads to Injuries

Mount Pleasant, NY (June 22, 2019) – In the afternoon hours on Tuesday of this past week, a bus accident took place on Route 141 that led to injuries in multiple parties. (more…)


Eltingville, Staten Island, NY – Driver in Critical Condition Following Head-on Collision with Bus

Eltingville, Staten Island, NY – Driver in Critical Condition Following Head-on Collision with Bus

Eltingville, Staten Island, NY (June 21, 2019) – Early on Friday morning, June 21st, a motorist was critically injured after collided head-on with a bus in Eltingville. The crash was reported to have taken place around 6:15 a.m. along Richmond Avenue.

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Hawthorne, NY – Two Teens Injured in Head-on Collision with Bus

Mount Pleasant, NY – Bus Accident on Route 141 Leads to Injuries

Hawthorne, NY (June 19, 2019) – Two teenagers suffered serious injuries following a head-on crash that took place at 1:14 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18th, according to police. The collision happened along Route 141, in the vicinity of Brighton Avenue, for reasons that are being investigated at this time.

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Sennett, NY – School Bus Driver Injured in Accident on Route 20

Sennett, NY – School Bus Driver Injured in Accident on Route 20

Sennett, NY (June 11, 2019) – Thankfully, no students were on board when the driver of a Skaneateles Central School District school bus crashed along Route 20 on Tuesday afternoon, June 11th. The incident was reported to have happened shortly after 12:00 p.m. just east of Auburn.

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Todt Hill, NY – 20 Children Taken to Hospital After Bus Accident on Staten Island

Todt Hill, NY – 20 Children Taken to Hospital After Bus Accident on Staten Island

Todt Hill, NY (June 7, 2019) – A school bus was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Friday morning, June 7, at approximately 9:39 a.m., according to police in Staten Island. Officials stated that the incident occurred in the vicinity of Todt Hill Road and Ocean Terrace in Todt Hill for reasons that are under investigation at this time.

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Mahopac, NY – School Bus Crash on Baldwin Place Road with Four Injured

Mahopac, NY – School Bus Crash on Baldwin Place Road with Four Injured

Mahopac, NY (May 18, 2019) – Around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17, police responded to the scene of a school bus crash on Baldwin Place Road that hospitalized four people. (more…)


Midland Beach, NY – Pedestrian Injured in Collision with MTA Bus in Staten Island

Springville, NY – One Killed and One Injured After Vehicle Slams into Four People

Midland Beach, NY (May 16, 2019) – At approximately 7:08 a.m. on Thursday, May 16th, a female pedestrian was reported to have suffered at least minor injuries after a collision with an MTA bus. The incident took place along Midland Avenue near Baden Place, according to authorities.

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