Parents rely on school buses to safely transport their children to and from school. They expect the operators of those school buses to drive with the safety of their children as the first and foremost concern. Every parent’s worst nightmare was realized when they learned that the operator of a school bus in Chattanooga, Tennessee crashed the bus into a tree resulting in the deaths of 6 children. According to a report by the New York Post, 6 children died and 23 were injured in this terrible tragedy. The bus driver was arrested and charged with multiple counts of vehicular manslaughter.
Bus accidents such as this one raise numerous questions concerning driver hiring, training and retention. They also raise questions as to proper driver supervision as well as bus maintenance. Our children are entrusted to these schools and individuals and we, as parents, have the right to demand that these entities and people place our children’s safety above all other concerns. When they fail to do so, or are negligent in carrying out their duties, the tragic consequences are evident to all.
Although the instant accident occurred in Tennessee, it brings to mind school bus safety in New York. New York citizens should demand and ensure that our school buses are being operated in the safest manner possible. Due to their massive size, school buses can cause devastating injuries to other drivers and their own passengers when they are involved in an accident. Passengers may sustain life-altering injuries, such as broken bones, amputations, severe head trauma resulting in brain damage, lacerations, and burns; in some cases injuries resulting from a bus accident can prove fatal. In many instances, the accident and subsequent injuries could have been avoided if not for the bus driver’s negligence.
As a result, individuals who have suffered a severe injury in a bus accident may be entitled to compensation. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our New York bus accident lawyers are committed to defending the rights of individuals who were unnecessarily injured due to the negligence of a bus driver or company. We understand the devastating impact that a severe injury suffered in a bus accident can have on a victim’s life. To help ease the financial burden that victims may face, our attorneys will pursue compensation for any lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering our clients suffered in the accident. Additionally, we pursue compensation for victims’ families through wrongful death lawsuits when bus accidents end in fatalities.
Individuals, who have suffered an injury or fatality in a school bus accident may have a difficult time proving liability. Bus companies have attorneys working hard to protect their interests after an accident. As a result, it is important that victims hire a lawyer who has experience handling school bus accident lawsuits. An experienced lawyer will thoroughly investigate the accident by taking photos of the scene, reviewing police reports, and interviewing witnesses. Additionally, an attorney will handle all aspects of the legal proceedings, including the filing of the lawsuit, representing victims at trial, handling mediation when necessary, and pursuing maximum compensation for their clients’ losses. The attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool have been trying bus accident cases for over 50 years.
Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool will give you a free review of your legal options if you have suffered an injury in a bus accident. To see if you have grounds to file a claim, call (212) 406-1700 or contact us online.