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What to do if your child has been injured in a school bus accident

Why Florida School Bus Accident Victims Need an Attorney

            Unfortunately, school bus accidents are far too common in Florida, just like many other types of serious or fatal bus incidents. And when children are hurt, parents must spend their time locating the best medical care available, helping their kids keep up with their school work and meet all of their child’s emotional needs – while still trying to hold down their jobs.                                   Since all of these activities can be overwhelming, it’s always wise to hire a South Florida personal injury attorney as possible after your child’s school bus accident. You’ll need someone to fully investigate the facts of your case while you manage your child’s day-to-day medical needs.                                                                                                                                                      Your lawyer also knows how to negotiate with the insurance company attorneys representing the school district.  Keep in mind that Florida School Districts all enjoy sovereign immunity limiting the amount a person may recover for injuries caused by the negligence of a school bus driver.  Florida laws also require that a claim against a Florida School District be made within a certain period of time, or you lose your right to bring the claim.   All of your child’s current and future medical needs must be carefully documented to increase your chances of receiving an ample sum of money to fully cover them.                                                                 It’s important to realize how common these types of incidents have become.              Here’s a quick recap of a number of Florida and nationwide school bus accidents that have occurred during the last two years.  (Note:  Several of these stories are still being updated on the Internet).                                                                                                                                      Recent Florida and Nationwide School Bus Accidents

  • August 2013. NBC news reported that “three cars and a bus collided on U. S. 1 and SW 136th Street (Miami) after one of the cars rammed the back of the school bus . . .” on the first day of classes;
  • June 2013. The driver and two boys managed to escape without serious injuries after the school bus they were riding in “flipped onto to its roof . . . at Nebraska and Palm in Ybor City;”
  • March 2013. Several Jacksonville, Florida, students were injured and taken to a nearby hospital after their school bus was in an accident;
  • A March 2013 Incident in California. Seven disabled high school students were riding in a California school bus during a traffic accident. One student complaining of pain had to be transported to a local hospital;
  • December 2012. According to this news article, “New York City school buses were involved in 1,700 accidents during 2011. That’s “an average of five per day;”
  • An October 2012 Incident in California. Sixteen students and the school bus driver were injured due to this accident;
  • March 2012.  Shortly after a crash in St. Lucie County, Florida, five children were listed in critical condition;

As these various news stories reveal, children in Florida and all around this country remain at risk of suffering serious and even fatal injuries when the school buses they’re riding in become involved in traffic accidents.

If you or a family member have suffered a serious car or bus accident injury, contact the Maus Law Firm to learn more about your rights.  The Maus Law Firm has offices in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and the Florida Keys, and handles accident and injury claims throughout Miami-Dade, Monroe, Collier, Lee, Broward and Palm Beach counties.  You’ll need the help of an experienced South Florida injury and accident attorney on your side. Call Toll Free today at: (855) 999-LAWS, or locally at (954) 784-6310.