Wintry Conditions, School Bus Accidents, and Liability

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school busIn today’s Lancaster County accident news, there have been a variety of crashes, one of which included a minor school bus accident. The reason? Slippery roads. Crashes have been reported throughout the day as sleet, snow, and freezing rain continued to fall. This is expected to create slippery road conditions throughout the day. Because of such, a variety of Lancaster County schools announced that they would be dismissing early; however, one school bus was involved in a crash early after noon. According to reports, only one student was injured with a complaint of head pain.

Adverse weather conditions can be a bad mix on our roads, creating the most dangerous situations for anybody who utilizes the roads. School buses are also supposed to utilize the highest standard of care, as they are transporting children from place to place. Today we will talk about school bus accidents and adverse weather conditions, and what stems from these accidents.

Being Wary of Bad Weather 

Thousands of people are hurt or killed every year due to bad weather conditions on our roads. Though our roads tend to be safe places by nature, there is sometimes no way to ensure that they are always kept safe. So what happens when adverse weather conditions lead to an icy or snowy road and an accident leaves you with injuries?

You must identify the proper parties to have a claim. In many cases, this means bringing suit against local cities, as they are the ones responsible for ongoing road maintenance. If the road conditions were not under control for days, that means the city probably did not take care to ensure that ice was melted, and could be liable. Working with an attorney will help your case because you will be able to find out how to bring a claim against a government body through a Notice of Claim, as well as file everything within the appropriate statute of limitations.

School Bus Accidents 

Now let’s talk a bit about school bus accidents and how seriously they are treated under the law. Bus accidents are governed under common carrier law, which are individuals who are in charge of taking people from one place to another. They have a legal responsibility to show the highest duty of care to their passengers, especially when the passengers are young children. Sometimes, bus accidents are due to the negligence of the driver, such as in cases of speeding, fatigue, and so much more.

In the case of filing suit against a driver for a school, you may also run into issues with filing against a government agency, because some of these common carriers are government owned. You will then have to also meet a statute of limitations to gain compensation for your child’s damages, who the suit will be brought for.

As you can see, there are many complicated elements involved in accidents like these, which is why you should always entrust a personal injury attorney with experience to your case. At Edelstein Martin & Nelson, we have experience with these cases and want to help in your time of need. Give us a call today at 888-208-1810.

Sources

http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/crashes-including-minor-bus-accident-reported-on-slippery-roads-as/article_a770e554-f475-11e7-b299-6f8eda59b556.html

https://www.hg.org/bus-accidents.html

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