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School Bus Crashes
Posted on October 20, 2016
A local Denver football team was returning home from a charity game against a Los Angeles based football team when tragedy struck. One of the three buses that picked up the players was traveling almost twice the suggested speed leaving the Denver International Airport when it unexpectedly crashed into a concrete pillar. As of this writing, it is not clear to investigators why the driver had re-entered the terminal loop and then drove off the road into the pillar. Some of those investigating the scene are looking to determine if the driver suffered a medical episode or condition which resulted in the erratic behavior. Unfortunately, the driver was killed, while the players and coaches were treated for injuries resulting in two players being treated in critical condition, two in serious condition, and one in fair condition.
Liability in School Bus Crashes
School buses present a few unique issues when it comes to liability. Risk for injury is increased due to the lack of safety restraints and additional safety devices such as airbags and seat belts, as well as the increased risk of rollover accidents when compared to standard vehicles. What will determine liability, however, is who was at fault and whether the driver of the bus was an agent of the school. If the bus driver was at fault, the injured individuals would first need to determine whether the driver was acting as an agent of the school or was employed by an independent organization responsible for operating the bus. If the driver was an agent of the school, the responsible entity will most likely be the school district and public transportation bureau, which are government entities.
Filing a claim against a government entity has more specific guidelines than those of a filing against an individual. The statute of limitations differs in each state and courts do not grant many exceptions if the deadline is missed. Additionally, filing claims and succeeding against a government entity is notoriously difficult due to immunity of government entities in various areas of the law. As such, it is important to extensively prepare for this type of case by contacting an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure that you do not lose your chance at gaining compensation for injuries suffered.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Now
If your child or someone you know was injured as a result of the negligent operation of a school bus, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries suffered. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the experienced and knowledgeable team of attorneys at the office of Charles Bryan Alred, PC to discuss your personal injury claim. Contact our office using our website or call us at 918-745-9960 for a free initial consultation with one of our skilled legal professionals.