If your child was in a school bus accident and suffered injuries and damages, consult with an attorney about liability for the accident because it can vary depending on the circumstances. Below is a brief overview of parties that might be liable under various circumstances, but speaking with a lawyer is the best way to get case-specific information.
The School District
If a bus driver’s negligent actions, such as speeding, distracted driving, or another unreasonable or unsafe action, caused a school bus accident, the school district may be liable. The school district might also be liable if the school bus accident was a result of a defect in the bus that the district failed to repair.
As a note, the state of Pennsylvania has waived its right to sovereign immunity in regards to accidents involving vehicles operated by a Commonwealth or municipal party. As such, injured parties may file a claim against the school district if the school district was at-fault for the bus accident.
The Other Driver
If the school bus driver did not cause the accident, and if another driver caused it, then the other driver may be liable. In order to hold the other driver liable, you must prove that the driver acted negligently, that the negligence caused the accident, and that the accident resulted in damages. These cases may become similar to other vehicle accident cases involving serious injuries and negligent drivers.
A Private Bus Company
If the school bus accident involved a private bus company – which may be the case if the child attends a private school or was on a charter bus to attend a field trip, then the private bus company may be liable. Like holding a school district or another driver liable, your claim will have to establish negligence as well as causation and damages.
Contact a Bus Accident Attorney Today
If your child suffered serious harm in a school bus accident and you’re not sure what your legal options are, consult the attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC today. Our attorneys will explore the case details and determine which party or parties might be liable. We’ll also explain your rights to certain damages, like medical expenses or pain and suffering.
The sooner you take action, the better – Pennsylvania only provides two years following an accident to file a claim. The sooner you call our team at Cordisco & Saile LLC, the sooner we can get started on recovering the damages you deserve. Call us today at 215-642-2335.