Doerun School Bus Accident Shows Danger to Traveling School Children


February 23, 2011

A car recently hit a nine-year-old Doerun girl as she was getting ready to board her morning school bus. The girl was taken to the hospital for her injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening. According to Colquitt County Schools Assistant Superintendent Mickey Key, the school bus's red lights were flashing and the stop sign on the side of the vehicle was deployed. Key also indicated that several other vehicles were stopped and waiting for the school bus to turn of the lights and retract the stop sign. It is not clear at this time why the driver that struck the girl did not stop.

This tragic scenario has become a sad reality for this young girl's parents. Approximately 8,000 to 12,000 children are injured in school bus accidents annually. Some of these injuries occur from a bus actually being involved in a collision while the rest involve children who are either walking to or from school or waiting for the bus. If your child has been seriously injured in a school bus collision or when boarding or leaving a school bus, Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, is available to represent you and your child in seeking compensation for your child's injuries.

School bus accidents involving children on their way to board the bus for school or on their way home may be caused by a number of responsible parties including the following:

Negligent Drivers: Drivers like the one in the Doerun accident may disregard a school bus's flashing lights and deployed stop sign. The driver may fail to stop for a number of reasons including the driver is distracted, under the influence of alcohol or speeding along with a multitude of other unsafe driving practices.

Inadequate Hiring, Training or Supervision of Bus Driver: A public entity may be liable for failing to properly investigate the background of a bus driver or failing to provide adequate training or supervision.

Poor Bus Maintenance: A public entity or bus maintenance company may be liable for failure to adequately repair or maintain a school bus which may result in brake failure, non-functioning warning systems or other mechanical malfunctions that contribute to an accident.

Defective Bus Stop Design: A public entity has a responsibility to design school bus stops so that they are reasonably safe for children who are getting on and off the bus. If the bus stop is not safely designed, children or the bus warning signs may not be visible enough to drivers. A public entity may be liable for an unsafe bus stop.

It is very important to note that legal time deadlines apply to all legal matters. Failure to file a claim within the applicable time frame can result in loss of your right to assert your claim and your rights to compensation. When a government entity is involved, special shorter notice requirements are involved- which can be as short as 6 months. It is always best to consult with an experienced Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer without delay.

If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, we know the stress and anxiety that you are experiencing. We can deal with the school district and their lawyers so that we can help your child obtain the compensation to which your child is entitled. We represent those injured in school bus accidents throughout Georgia. Our experienced Georgia school bus accident lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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