California has between 20,000-30,000 school buses traveling on our roads in just a year’s time. Even though many other types of accidents remain at the top of the list when it comes to accidents, school bus accidents take place every year on California roadways for a variety of reasons. Bus accidents are actually relatively rare compared to other accidents involving transportation vehicles on our roads. This is due to the fact that, oftentimes, school bus drivers go through an arduous training process to get to where they need to be, including licensing and testing.
When a school bus accident does take place, it has the chance to cause catastrophic results to the children involved. Certain types of fatalities occur on our roads but, surprisingly, less than 1% of fatal accidents involve school buses. Children are extremely safe in those aspects and many parents do not have to fear the fact that their child’s life could be jeopardized in one of these accidents in the blink of an eye. If a school bus accident does take place and your child is injured, you might wonder how you can move forward with your case to help them during this difficult and life-changing time.
After Your Child Has Been Injured on a School Bus
Making a claim on behalf of your child following a school bus accident might not be the most pleasant journey, as these cases can become complicated when you try to handle them on your own. Most people wonder who they will bring the claim against. At the center of these lawsuits stand bus drivers and the companies who oversee their employee’s actions. Though you might assume that the school is to blame for your child’s accident, this is not always the case. It is also important to note that schools are all a part of a large public education system or state government. This means that your claim could quickly turn into a government claim, which can be much more complex than your typical personal injury claim in many ways.
When filing a government claim, an attorney will tell you that you have to abide by certain rules so that your claim is not thrown under the bus. This means always ensuring that you choose the correct entity when you are filing your lawsuit and complying with a strict statute of limitations that have been put in place to follow. You might also have to file a Notice of Claim so that your claim can be heard in court.
Turning to a Legal Professional
Bringing a claim on behalf of your child might be one of the most difficult things that you will ever endure, as you might feel uncertain of how you can be there for them during this time in their life that might be hard to understand for them. Every child needs a legal advocate on their side who will stand up for their rights after they have been injured at the hands of another party. At Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner, we take your case seriously no matter who has been injured, offering you support as you navigate the legal system. Our experienced attorneys will help you through any personal injury claim and stand up for your rights. Contact us to find out what we can do for you at (304) 713-2014.