School bus accidents do happen at times and they can happen anytime and anywhere.
In fact, hundreds of accidents are reported every year.
Statistically, school buses are safer than most of the other vehicles that ply on the road.
But still, school buses can meet with accidents which is daunting as children are involved.
If you are a parent, you would like to know exactly what you should do if your child’s school bus met with an accident.
Read on to know more as to how you could deal with it.
School Bus Accidents – Types
Typically, parents imagine a collision when they came to know that their child’s school bus met with an accident during the journey.
Actually, collisions do happen, but other types of accidents also cause injuries to children.
These include the following:
• Falling while entering or alighting the bus
• Tripping and falling while on the bus
• Slipping and falling in the aisle (wet floors)
• A child’s backpack or clothes might get caught on the bus and he/she might be dragged as the bus is driven off
The first and foremost thing you should do is to know the details about the accident as soon as possible.
It is not wise to rely too much on the school to update you as what actually happened as they might squarely be responsible for the cause of accident.
What Should You Do
If your child gets involved in an accident while travelling by the school bus, it is not easy to find out what actually happened if you were not there when the accident happened.
Therefore, it is crucial to take the following steps:
•First of all, ensure that your child is given medical attention immediately.
This is because their well-being is your top most priority.
•Document everything regarding the accident as quickly as you can.
It will be a good idea if you talk to other parents as well and write down all the details.
•Take photos of at least your child’s injuries if not possible to take pictures of the accident scene.
In case your child’s school bus accident case goes to trial, his/her injuries would have most likely healed by then.
This means you will not have any visual proof to provide.
• The next step is to contact a lawyer experienced in handling bus accident cases.
Strict deadlines have to be adhered to when you file a claim for personal injury compensation.
An attorney who is experienced in handling bus accident cases knows exactly what is to be done and when it has to be done.