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Zum Services, Inc. is a company that works directly with school districts to provide reliable transportation to students. Unlike more traditional student transportation (that is, the yellow school buses that we are all familiar with), Zum provides student transportation in many different types of vehicles, most of which are electric. The main difference, however, is that Zum provides parents with a mobile app that allows them to essentially track the vehicle and their child from the moment that they are picked up until they are dropped off. Additionally, Zum provides information about the drivers transporting the child with the aim to provide transparency and peace of mind to parents.

Without a doubt, it seems like Zum is providing a great service to school districts, students, and parents. However, it is normal for parents to still have concerns about the service and whether their children will be safe while being transported by Zum drivers – or Zumers.

Common questions include the following:

  • Does Zum Ride do a background check on their drivers?
  • What are some of the requirements that Zum has for drivers?

Below, we will provide you with the answers to these questions.

Are Zum Drivers Subject to Background Checks?

According to the Zum Services, Inc. website, all drivers are subject to thorough screening, including background checks. The company claims that the background checks that they subject their drivers to exceed state requirements. So, yes – Zum drivers are subject to background checks. Unfortunately, background checks are sometimes simply not enough to keep kids safe.

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An Overview of Zum’s Requirements for Drivers

The screening process for Zum drivers is summarized below.

Drivers of non-traditional student transportation (cars and vans):

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Childcare experience preferred
  • Complete the comprehensive interview
  • Have a clean driving record
  • Have a 4-door accessible vehicle inspected regularly by the state
  • Thorough background checks
  • State specific required licensing/training

Drivers of traditional student transportation (school buses):

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Childcare experience preferred
  • Complete the comprehensive interview
  • Have a clean driving record
  • Thorough background checks
  • Completion of state/company training programs
  • Continuous behind-the-wheel evaluations
  • Valid commercial driver’s license
  • Completion of any local/school required driver programs

For many parents, knowing that drivers have to meet a number of requirements before being hired and allowed to transport children can bring peace of mind. However, even the most rigorous screening process can fail – leaving children at risk of suffering harm at the hands of these adults behind the wheel.

Examples of Harm Children Can Suffer
There are many different incidents that can occur that could ultimately leave innocent children injured. Some examples of these incidents include the following:

  • Sexual assault
  • Assault and battery
  • Car accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents

Whether the incident is a result of the intentional or reckless acts of the driver, children could suffer a number of injuries. In addition to physical injuries, affected children could also suffer mental and emotional harm, including but not limited to depression, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, fear, etc. Physical, mental, and emotional harm suffering from these incidents can be long lasting.

No matter the harm that your child suffered while being transported on a Zum vehicle, it is important that you understand that you could have the right to sue.

Can I Sue if My Child Was Injured on a Zum?

Yes – you could have the right to file a lawsuit against Zum. However, you could also have the right to sue the school district that contracted Zum. The company has a duty to keep students safe during transport, so if any company negligence (including negligent hiring, training, supervising, etc.) contributed to an incident, then the company could be liable. Since the company is contracted through school districts, districts could also have some liability – given that the district was aware of any hazards or past incidents but failed to take any action to remedy the situation (like switching transportation providers or requesting new drivers, etc.). If your child was harmed in a Zum ride, you might be unsure of your legal options. If this is the case, we recommend that you seek legal assistance with the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible. Our lawyers are more than ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to pursue your claim and recover the payout that you are owed.

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The Compensation Available for Recovery

If your child was harmed during a Zum ride, you could have the right to sue for monetary compensation. Some of the different categories of compensation available for your claim could include the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost earnings (from having to care for your child)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages
  • Legal fees
  • Wrongful death benefits: in the case of death, claimants could be awarded compensation for loss of consortium and funeral/burial costs

Here at our law firm, our lawyers are more than ready to provide you with absolutely all the information that you need to fight for your rights and recover the highest settlement available. For more information about the specific type and amount of compensation that you could receive, we recommend that you seek legal assistance with the experts here at our law firm immediately. Our team will not rest until you are awarded the maximum payout available for your Zum injury claim.

Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today

Our law firm has decades of experience handling all sorts of personal injury claims. We are not afraid to take on Zum and the school district to fight for your right to compensation after the harm that your child suffered. Here at our firm, we offer free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all of your concerns, ensuring that you have access to all the information that you need to either start or continue your claim. We offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, meaning that our clients will never be required to pay upfront legal fees to speak to our lawyers. In addition, we work on contingency, so our clients will not be required to pay legal fees if they do not win.

If you are ready to speak with our Zum personal injury lawyers, contact us at your earliest convenience.

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