New research indicates that approximately 17,000 children are injured in a school bus accident each year in the United States. This is double the amount then previously thought. About 25 percent of school bus accidents occur when children are boarding or leaving school buses. Bus crashes account for 42 percent of all injuries to children involved with school bus accidents.
Children can be injured on a school bus in a variety of ways. Common causes of injury include slip-and-fall accidents, whiplash and being jostled around in a crash. One more uncommon way a child can be injured is by roughhousing. This could be avoided if children were properly supervised. Unfortunately, bus drivers need to focus on the road, so they cannot watch over the children.
Many injuries could be prevented if state laws required seat belts in buses. However, there is no legislation to make seat belts mandatory. If your child was injured in a school bus accident contact on of our school bus accident attorneys to get a free consultation. You may be eligible for compensation if someone else was responsible for your child’s injuries.