School Bus Accident Lawyer in Philadelphia
Accident Lawyers Representing Bus Crash Victims Since 1958
School buses not only transport students to and from school each day, they also transport children to camps, sporting events, field trips, and a number of other activities. School buses are being used to transport bridal wedding parties, tailgaters, large groups, and teenagers attending prom. These vehicles are the biggest form of mass transit in the United States, providing almost nine million student trips every year.
Unfortunately, according to the most recent official school bus accident statistics, approximately 1,214 fatal accidents occurred between 2004 and 2013. Our team at The Beasley Firm represents individuals and the families of individuals injured in serious bus accidents in Philadelphia. We are experienced, knowledgeable, and caring. Our reliable law firm is here to fight your battles for you-and we're here to win.
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According to statistics, approximately 45% of all school bus accidents involve front-end impacts. Other common types of accidents include right side impacts, non-collisions, left side impacts, and rear impacts. Many times the school bus driver is at fault for causing an accident-but not always.
Causes of school bus accidents and injuries can include:
- Improper or inadequate driver training / inexperienced driver / failure to perform background checks on bus drivers
- Reckless, negligent, or careless driving by the bus driver or another driver
- Failure to follow the rules of the road including speed limits and yield signs
- Driver inattention due to texting, cell phone use, or other distractions
- Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driver fatigue
- Driving a bus in conditions of poor visibility due to fog, snow, rain, or smoke
- Driving off the side of the road
- Coming to a sudden stop
- Failure to inspect and maintain bus
- Faulty repairs
- Lack of proper mirrors
- Vehicle design and manufacturing defects
- Defective parts including seat backs, tires, seat anchors, or brakes
- Defective or failing special needs equipment
- Overloaded buses
- Failure of driver to monitor bus riders
- Aggressive driving behavior
- Failure of bus driver to implement school policies and safety rules
- Unsafe safety systems, reflectors, lights, and other warning devices
Why Don't School Buses Have Seat Belts?
In the United States, most school buses are not required by law to have passenger seat belts. Instead, it is believed that the school buses provide collision protection by creating small passenger compartments in the event of a crash. In addition, they should have crush-proof roofs in case of a rollover, strong joints in between steel paneling, and seats with high backs and thick padding. However, it appears that even with these "safety features," bus riders are still thrown around the passenger compartment of the bus during an accident and, in many cases, may be seriously injured or killed.
The Beasley Firm Is Here to Fight Your Battles-And Win.
If you, your child, or a loved one was injured in a car accident in Philadelphia involving a bus, talk with a lawyer who is experienced with complex cases and special laws regarding school buses, manufacturing defects, school transportation, product defects, and other laws. In our nearly 60 years of practice, the experienced Philadelphia bus accident attorneys here at The Beasley Firm have been successfully representing the victims of highway accidents. To date, we have had hundreds of million and multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements.
Please feel free to contact The Beasley Firm at (215) 866-2424 for a strictly confidential and free consultation.