Who is Liable for a Florida School Bus Accident?


Though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asserts that school buses are the safest way to transport children, there are still many factors that can contribute to an accident. If your child was injured in such an incident, your first concern will be ensuring he or she receives proper medical attention. However, your thoughts will soon turn to holding proper parties accountable for negligent conduct. After all, you could incur expensive bills for medical treatment and may have to take time off work to care for your child. Of course, there’s the pain and suffering that’s difficult to put into words. 

The good news is that your child has rights and – as a parent – you’re in a legal position to protect them. With assistance from a Florida school bus accident lawyer, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses. Some background information on these claims and potential parties may be helpful.

Types of School Bus Accidents: The parties that may be held accountable for injury-causing school bus incidents vary based upon the causes behind them. These crashes usually happen because someone was careless, which is called “negligence” in the legal field. Examples of negligence in a school bus accident include:

  • Speeding, failure to yield, improper lane changes, and other traffic violations;
  • Not stopping for red or yellow blinking school bus lights;
  • Striking a child who is exiting or entering the bus;
  • Striking a pedestrian or bicyclist; and,
  • Many more.

Potential Parties in a School Bus Accident: Of course, you can pursue some of the same individuals and entities as you would in a typical vehicle crash. If the school bus driver or another motorist – or both – was careless, you could recover compensation from that person. The matter becomes more complex when you realize the additional parties that may be responsible for causing harm to your child. You might opt to file a claim with the bus driver’s employer, since that entity might be liable for accidents caused by its employees.

Depending on the nature of its relationship with the bus company, you might have an action against the school district. Note that personal injury cases involving a government body are quite complicated, because these entities often enjoy sovereign immunity. You normally do have the right to pursue damages against a governmental entity by the damages will be capped and the time limit for filing important notices is much shorter than normal 4 year statute of limitations for negligence in Florida.  In limited situations where you DO have the right to pursue the government for negligent acts, there are strict requirements regarding notice. You will usually have far less time than allowed by Florida’s four-year statute of limitations. 

Consult with a Skilled Ocala, FL School Bus Accidents Attorney

This overview is informative in related common liability issues and other details involved when your child is hurt in a school bus incident, but there are many other complicated concepts. The strategy for enforcing your rights largely depends on pursuing the right parties for compensation, since the rules apply differently to government bodies. To learn more about these claims, please call the Ocala bus accident lawyers at Piccin & Glynn. You can call (866) 225-6459 to reach our office or go online to set up a free consultation.





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