You trust a school bus to transport your children safely to school and back each day. Now, your child has sustained significant injuries in a school bus crash in Jacksonville, Florida and you don’t know what do to next.
Here at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we understand how terrifying it can be when your child gets hurt and we are here to help. Our legal team will stand by you, fight for your family’s legal rights, and work towards getting you the resources you need for your child.
We offer parents a free consultation, so we can answer your questions and explain your options for filing a school bus accident claim and seeking a financial settlement. Contact us today at 1-800-737-3733 to talk to a school bus accident lawyer in Jacksonville, FL.
The Serious Threat of School Bus Accidents & Injuries
Unfortunately, school bus accidents can lead to severe injuries or even death to young passengers. Some of the most common injuries that children experience in a school bus accident include:
- Bumps and bruises
- Cuts and lacerations
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Whiplash and neck injuries
- Spine and nerve injuries
- Internal organ damage
How Bus Accident Injuries Occur
Children can sustain injuries if their school bus collides with another vehicle, a road hazard, or another obstacle. They can also get hurt if the driver stops suddenly, swerves, or takes a turn too quickly. Many kids sustain injuries after the bus drops them off at an unsafe location, leaving them to cross a busy street. Finally, children can fall while riding the bus, sustaining a variety of serious injuries.
One of the most common causes of school bus accidents involves drivers who get behind the wheel while impaired or tired. Distracted driving also causes school bus collisions, if the driver looks down at their phone or back at a disruption on the bus.
In other cases, drivers lack the proper training to operate a school bus. Poor maintenance and repair practices can cause bus accidents as can inadequate safety features and manufacturing defects. Some school bus crashes can also occur because of another motorist’s negligence.
Whatever the cause of the school bus crash in which your child was involved, you may be able to pursue a legal claim for damages. Our legal team can help you determine the best course of action.
Proving Negligence for a School Bus Accident & Injury
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can aid in establishing liability for your child’s school bus accident and injury. Our investigator will determine who is at fault and then we will work to demonstrate the legal elements of negligence.
The first element we must demonstrate is that the at-fault party owed a duty of care to your child. For example, a school bus driver owes a duty of care to young passengers and others on the roadway, to safely transport children to and from school.
Should the bus driver breach the duty of care, by driving while tired or intoxicated, they are liable for any accident that may result. If the driver collides with another vehicle on the road as a result of their mental or physical state, we can establish causation.
Once we establish causation, we will demonstrate actual damages by providing documentation for your child’s medical bills to date as well as expert testimony regarding the care and treatment he or she will need in the future.
The exception to demonstrating negligence is any injury or accident that occurred due to a product defect. If your child sustained an injury due to a defect on the school bus, we must only demonstrate the problem to substantiate an insurance claim or to file a lawsuit.
A School Bus Accident Lawyer Can Help Your Family Get Compensation
When you trust the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine to handle your school bus accident claim, you will have the full force of our team fighting for you, your child, and your family’s future.
We will act as your advocate, protecting your legal rights and answering all your questions. We will build the strongest possible claim, using our network of resources to document every aspect. We will obtain photos of the accident scene, take witness statements, scrutinize police reports, and obtain safety and maintenance data from the bus company.
We will submit your claim to the insurance company and push the insurer to begin negotiations, to get you a settlement as quickly as possible. And, if the insurance company does not make an acceptable offer of settlement, we can pursue the matter in court by filing a lawsuit.
Talk to a Bus Accident Lawyer in Jacksonville, Florida at No Cost
Before you make any decisions or provide a statement to the insurance company, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine to learn more about your options.
We can discuss the potential for filing an insurance claim or, if necessary, pursuing legal action to get the resolution your and your child deserve. We are available to assist you, beginning with a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. Call 1-800-747-3733 today to schedule your meeting with our school bus accident lawyer in Jacksonville, FL.