Starkville School Bus Accidents
Motor Vehicle Wreck Lawyers Serving the Starkville Area
Every day across the United States, approximately 500,000 buses transport more than 25 million students over 260 million miles to and from school. Students in the Starkville area ride buses operated by the Starkville Oktibbeha County School District to and from school, field trips, and sporting events. While a school bus is generally regarded as one of the safest vehicles on the road, school bus accidents do occur and children are often harmed in those crashes. If your child has suffered physical harm in a school bus crash, contact our Starkville school bus accident attorneys today to discuss potential causes of action against the school system, the driver of another vehicle, or possibly both, depending on how the accident occurred.
School Bus Accidents in Starkville, MS
During the ten-year period from 2004 to 2013, more than 340,000 fatal motor vehicle crashes occurred across the country, with nearly 1% involving a school bus. About 134 people, on average, die in collisions involving school buses each year. Three out of every four of these accident fatalities are the people in the private passenger vehicle. Around 8% of these fatalities are to passengers of the bus.
Because school buses are large, heavy, and sturdy, they provide substantial protection to the children inside during a collision. However, a big problem in Mississippi and many other states is the danger that the children face as they depart the bus. It is much more common for a child to be injured while boarding or departing the school bus than while actually riding it. Even though school buses are usually equipped with stop signs and lights that flash when they are stopped to pick up or drop off passengers, many children are struck by distracted, careless, or reckless drivers who either do not notice or disregard those warning signals. Children may also be struck by a school bus driver who cannot see the child due to the large size of the bus and its substantial blind spots. A school bus accident lawyer in the Starkville area can help families take legal action in these situations.
Multiple parties could be responsible for your child’s injuries following a school bus accident. For instance, if the bus driver ran a red light and caused a collision with another vehicle or struck your child while he or she was a pedestrian, an injured child may have a viable cause of action against the school district, as the school district will be vicariously liable for the negligent actions of its employee bus driver committed during the course and scope of employment. If the driver of another vehicle disregarded a stop sign and collided with the school bus or ran over your child while he or she was entering or exiting the bus, you may be able to pursue a claim against the driver of that vehicle for your son or daughter’s bodily injuries.
If your child has been injured on a school bus in Starkville or elsewhere, the school bus accident attorneys at NST can sit down with you to discuss the facts of the case and potential claims that you and your child may have. Our attorneys are experienced in school bus accident cases, and we can evaluate your claim and advise you as to your rights under Mississippi law. Each and every day, we help injured Mississippians obtain reasonable compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering resulting from motor vehicle accidents that occur state-wide.
Consult with a Starkville School Bus Accident Lawyer Today
If your child has been injured in a school bus crash, call our office today so that we can investigate your claim thoroughly and allow you to focus on helping your child get better. While the school district in Starkville runs its own fleet of buses, other school districts contract with private companies to transport children. Our attorneys will determine which parties may be responsible for your child’s injuries, and we will strive to achieve maximum recovery for you and your family. Our firm has been handling personal injury cases for more than 30 years, serving school bus crash victims in Starkville, Columbus, Oxford, Tupelo, Jackson, and other areas of Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky. Call us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation with one of our motor vehicle crash attorneys.