Personal Injury Blog

School Bus Accidents

Experienced New Jersey school bus accident lawyers aggressively fight for the compensation accident victims deserve

When we put our children on a school bus we are entrusting the safety of our children to the school bus and the driver. And most of the time our children arrive safely to school or back home without incident. However, tragically school bus accidents do still occur and many times they cause serious injury to the most precious of victims. The acclaimed school bus accident attorneys at Leonard Legal Group, LLC passionately advocate for victims of school bus accidents and their families to recover the compensation they need to make a full recovery. When you are working with our trusted school bus accident lawyers, you can focus all your energy on getting better knowing we are fighting for you.

Causes of school bus accidents

As a parent, it is likely you were not present at the time the accident involving your child’s school bus occurred. And getting truthful answers as to who and what was responsible for the school bus accident can be difficult. Our established school bus accident lawyers have the skills necessary to thoroughly investigate your child’s school bus accident and build a personal injury case focused on your rights and needs.

There are many factors which can contribute to causing an accident involving a school bus, including:

  • Distracted, fatigued, or intoxicated drivers
  • Improperly trained or reckless drivers
  • Improper maintenance or repair of the bus
  • Defective manufacturer parts of the bus
  • Inclement weather
  • Government entities who failed to adequately provide and maintain roadways, traffic lights and signals, or signs

A thorough analysis of the facts of your case can help assign accountability whether that accountability lies with the school bus driver, another driver, the manufacturer of the bus or other vehicle, or someone else.

Common injuries in school bus accidents

Because their bodies are still developing and growing, children are much more vulnerable to injury than adults are in any automobile accident. Accidents involving a school bus are often even more serious because of the large amount of passengers school buses carry and they lack some of the more advanced safety features many vehicles on the road are now equipped with. Common injuries to children involved in school bus crashes include:

  • Head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Fractured or broken bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Cuts and bruising
  • Burns
  • Psychological injuries

Children injured in school bus accidents often require ongoing treatment, and this treatment can be expensive and put financial stress on the entire family. Speak with a practiced school bus accident lawyer to review the details of your case and discuss the compensation you may be entitled to.

Strict statute of limitations for school bus accident cases

In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is two years. This means if you intend to file a lawsuit then you must do it within two years of the date of the accident. However, if you intend to include the government such as a public-school system in your lawsuit then there are different time limits at play. Anyone intending to include the government in a claim must provide formal notice of their claim within 90 days of the accident.  The time to file a lawsuit is extended for minors but important evidence may no longer be available, so we recommend you contact our office today to protect the legal rights of your child. If your child was injured in an accident involving a school bus, don’t waste another day without speaking with an experienced school bus accident lawyer with a record of obtaining results for injured victims.

Tenacious New Jersey school bus accident attorneys obtain the maximum compensation victims of school bus accidents need to fully recover

If your son or daughter has been injured in an accident involving a school bus, you need a skilled personal injury lawyer fighting to protect your rights and to recover the compensation you deserve. The Board-Certified New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Leonard Legal Group, LLC have more than 25 years of experience obtaining results for victims injured in school bus accidents. Our reputation as compassionate lawyers who are tough on negligent drivers has been earned by our relentless pursuit of justice for our clients. Call us today at 973-984-1414 or contact us online to review your rights to the compensation you need to recover. Our office is conveniently located in Morristown and we serve surrounding areas as well.