Children in Ohio and throughout the nation rely on the school bus for transportation each school day. If your children ride the school bus, you may worry about their safety when they’re heading to school in the morning or coming home in the afternoon. While school bus accidents aren’t common when compared to other motor vehicle accidents, when they do happen, children can be seriously injured. Those injuries can be life-changing and can greatly impact your child’s future.
School bus crashes
While school buses are some of the safest vehicles on the road, many still don’t have seatbelts. A high-speed or high-impact crash involving a school bus can cause children to be thrown from their seats. This type of movement can lead to fractures, internal injuries, and other serious concerns.
Children can also be injured while getting on or off the school bus. Drivers are supposed to be aware of buses and to stop until the bus’s flashing lights are turned off. Passing a school bus is illegal and very dangerous. Sadly, children can be injured or killed by drivers who try to pass a bus when it is unlawful to do so.
What to do after an injury
If your child has been injured while riding the school bus or while loading or unloading from the bus, you may not know where to turn for help. Injuries that happen due to negligence allow the victim to file a civil lawsuit against the negligent party who caused the injury. If you find yourself in such a difficult situation, you can consult an Ohio personal injury attorney to understand your options.