Many people in and around the city rely on school buses to get their children safely to and from school and other activities. We expect both the buses they get on and the driver of the bus to be safe. However, we know that school bus crashes do occur.
At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmuskin, P.C., we know that there could be no worse nightmare for a parent to get a phone call notifying them that their child has been in a school bus accident. If you need a Philadelphia school bus accident attorney, you can turn to us. Our team will work to secure the compensation you need.
How Often Do They Happen?
There are thousands of school buses in Philadelphia and in most circumstances, they are completely safe. However, during the latest reporting year, there were nearly 3,000 people involved in school bus crashes.
- More than half of the school bus crashes that year were injury crashes.
We want you to think about what is involved when a school bus is in an accident. In almost all circumstances, nobody other than the school bus driver is restrained. This means that the children can be thrown around the inside upon an impact. In the event that a bus is in a rollover collision, the injuries can be catastrophic.
Why Do These Crashes Happen?
Most bus rides are safe, but when accidents do happen, two things need to be examined – the bus driver and the bus itself.
School systems and bus agencies have a responsibility to ensure that each vehicle is roadworthy at all times. This means that they must regularly inspect and maintain each vehicle. If they fail to do so and a bus experiences a problem while carrying passengers, injuries are more likely to occur.
All bus drivers must be thoroughly trained to do their jobs. This means obtaining their commercial driver’s license with proper endorsements. Drivers should never operate while distracted by their phones or other devices and they should never be impaired by drugs or alcohol.
We want to note that it is not only bus passengers who are affected by crashes. When a bus strikes a regular vehicle, the passengers of that vehicle can be seriously injured.
What We Will Do To Help
Regardless of what kind of bus crash has caused you or a loved one injuries, please seek legal assistance. These cases can become incredibly complex. At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmuskin, P.C., our knowledgeable and experienced team will investigate what happened so they can work on recovering full compensation for all of your crash-related expenses. All too often, insurance companies fail to recognize the total costs involved with a vehicle crash. We want to make sure you get the following:
- Coverage for your medical bills
- Money for lost income and benefits
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages