Tupelo School Bus Accidents
Attorneys Assisting Personal Injury Victims in Tupelo and the Surrounding Area
Once the school year starts for the Tupelo Public School District, school buses can be seen on streets throughout the Tupelo area every morning and evening. With so many buses going to so many areas each day, there is a high likelihood that one or more of the buses will be involved in a school bus accident during the school year. Since school buses often lack basic safety features like seatbelts, there is a substantial chance that the accident will result in serious injury to one or more students. If you or your child has been injured in a bus crash, the Tupelo school bus accident lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are here to help you seek the compensation you deserve. We are a large regional personal injury law firm.
Pursuing Recovery in a School Bus Accident Case
Under Mississippi law, the first step in pursuing compensation for injuries sustained in a school bus accident is identifying the responsible party or parties. Generally, school bus accidents are the result of the negligence of the school bus driver, the driver of another vehicle, or the bus driver’s employer. Obtaining recovery for injuries sustained as a result of another’s negligence requires an injured party to present evidence sufficient to prove the legal elements of negligence: duty, breach, causation, and damages.
In cases of bus driver negligence or negligence on the part of the driver of another vehicle, the driver may cause the accident because they are speeding, driving while distracted by a smartphone, following too closely, driving under the influence of alcohol, or any of a number of other common negligent actions. Evidence useful in proving the driver’s negligence can come from a variety of sources, including police reports, witness statements, and video footage. An experienced school bus accident lawyer in Tupelo can assist injured victims by investigating the accident and searching for evidence to support the injured party’s claims.
In cases of negligence on the part of the school bus driver’s employer, federal and state regulations can be useful in holding that entity responsible. Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) provide rules and requirements that school bus drivers and those hiring school bus drivers must follow. For example, MDE regulations require that school bus drivers be at least 18 years of age, hold a valid commercial driver’s license with the proper endorsements, and undergo training. In Tupelo, the Tupelo Public School Transportation Department (TPSTD) is responsible for transportation of public school students. If the TPSTD hires a driver that is too young, does not have the required license, or has not received proper training, an injured school bus accident victim could seek compensation for injuries sustained in the wreck.
Discuss Your Case with an Experienced School Bus Accident Attorney in Tupelo
Identifying the responsible party is just the beginning when it comes to recovering for injuries sustained in a school bus accident. With so many children on each bus, obtaining fair compensation can be difficult in cases with serious injuries and limited insurance coverage. If you or your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact the Tupelo school bus accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today to discuss your options. We have recovered over $1.5 billion in compensation for our injured clients, and we want to ensure that you (and your children) are fairly compensated as well. Our law firm provides legal representation to motor vehicle accident victims across Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, and Kentucky, including in Tupelo, Jackson, Oxford, Meridian, Columbus, Starkville, Grenada, Hayti, Caruthersville, Memphis, Knoxville, Nashville, Chattanooga, Little Rock, and Jonesboro. Call us today at 800-529-4004 or fill out the online form on our website for a free consultation and case review. NST is the way to go.
Most car accidents are preventable and occur as a result of errors by one or more drivers. To prove liability, you will need to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the driver owed you a duty of care, which was breached, and that your injuries resulted from the driver’s carelessness. Damages that may be available in these cases often include medical expenses, lost income, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Truck drivers are required to follow numerous detailed regulations, including rules related to hours of service, keeping a logbook, and maintenance procedures. Many of these regulations are intended to protect other people on the road from harm. In some states, if a driver violated a law that was enacted to protect the public, the violation can create a rebuttable presumption of negligence. Trucking companies are also required to follow a number of regulations, including rules related to background checks of drivers and proper supervision. They often may be held directly or indirectly liable for a truck accident.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates applications for disability benefits. Although many people pay into this system throughout their lives, many legitimate claims are initially denied, and this process may be less straightforward than claimants expect. The SSA uses a five-step sequential evaluation to determine whether to grant benefits to an applicant. Each step is considered in a set order. We can present your case in a persuasive manner and help you appeal a denial of a meritorious claim if needed. This could include representing you in a hearing before an administrative law judge.
Workers’ compensation functions slightly differently in each state. In Tennessee, for example, businesses that employ five or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured on the job, you may recover benefits, such as medical costs and disability. Neither your employer’s nor your own culpability for your injuries will prevent you from collecting these benefits. However, it may still be a struggle to obtain benefits from your employer’s insurer. We can help you navigate this challenging process.
If you were harmed by a health care professional’s failure to use the appropriate level of care in providing treatment to you, you may be able to recover compensation. Most medical malpractice lawsuits require retaining an expert to determine the accepted standard of care and explain what the defendant did that fell short of this standard, as well as how the inappropriate conduct caused the patient’s injuries.
When you buy a toy, car, medication, or other product, you do not expect to be hurt. If you are injured, you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit. There are three types of defects that may be actionable: manufacturing, design, and marketing (also known as failure to warn). Manufacturers may be held accountable under multiple different theories, including strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, and concealment. For example, if you take a drug that causes you to develop cancer, but you were not told that a potential side effect of the drug was developing cancer, you may have grounds to hold the manufacturer strictly liable for its failure to warn you of the risk.
Nursing home residents are often elderly or disabled, and thus they are especially vulnerable to neglect, physical abuse, and exploitation by staff members. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed or employ staff members who are inadequately trained to deal with potentially frustrating situations. Nursing homes are required to protect their residents from physical, mental, and emotional harm by providing a safe environment, as well as adequately training and supervising staff. A failure to do so may be grounds for a nursing home negligence lawsuit for damages.
Property owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe. In most situations, this includes an obligation to inspect the property for dangerous conditions and fix them or provide warnings about them so that visitors are not harmed. One type of dangerous condition, which may present a particular problem in apartment complexes or shopping centers, consists of inadequate security measures such as broken locks, poor lighting, or a lack of security guards. A failure to take security measures when appropriate may allow third-party criminals to assault, rob, rape, or otherwise harm visitors and tenants. You may be able to recover damages if you can prove that the defendant knew or should have known about a history of attacks similar to yours and taken appropriate security measures to reduce the risk of further incidents.
Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer in Memphis or the Surrounding Regions
If you are dealing with a devastating injury or medical condition, the Memphis personal injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can evaluate and explain your options. Our firm has 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, and we serve injured people in many areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury, workers’ compensation, or Social Security Disability lawyer. Once you have learned more about our vigorous advocacy for the rights of the injured, you will realize that NST is the way to go.