On Friday, April 22, 2022, a school bus with 12 people onboard rolled over and ended up in a ditch. The incident occurred in Santa Paula, a city in Ventura County. The crash occurred on South Mountain Road near the intersection of Glannville Road, according to the fire department. It was a single-vehicle incident, leaving the school bus on its side in the ditch.
The bus was transporting students from Santa Paula High School – there were eleven passengers in the vehicle at the time of the incident. The bus driver and two passengers were taken to a hospital for minor injuries.
The cause of the accident is still unclear, and the incident remains under investigation.
Without a doubt, this incident appears to have been minor. However, it is a reminder that school bus accidents are a real threat to students. These incidents have the potential to cause devastating injuries – that can also be fatal.
If you or a loved one suffered harm in a school bus accident, it is essential that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Our bus accident lawyers here at Downtown L.A. Law Group have decades of experience and are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to sue after your accident and recover the payout that you are owed. If you are ready to explore the legal options available to you and figure out whether you could file a lawsuit, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm as soon as possible.
Some Causes of School Bus Accidents
Accidents can happen at any time as long as there is a vehicle on the road – of course, school buses are no exception. Some of the possible causes of school bus accidents include the following:
- Driver negligence (driving under the influence, speeding, ignoring traffic laws, driving too aggressively, driving while fatigued, etc.)
- School negligence (contracting bus companies that have a history of accidents, not following up with reports against the driver, etc.)
- School bus company negligence (not maintaining their buses, negligently hiring/supervising their drivers, etc.)
- School bus manufacturer negligence (failing to ensure that their buses are free of any defects or hazards)
- City transportation agency negligence (failing to ensure that road conditions are safe)
Regardless of the specific cause of the accident, injuries are likely.
Examples of School Bus Accident Injuries
Some of the many injuries that victims could suffer in school bus accidents include the following:
- Head injuries, including concussions
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Hip injuries
- Knee injuries
- Punctured organs
- Crushing injuries
- Severed limbs
- Burn injuries
- Scrapes and bruises
If you or a loved one suffered any of these injuries, then you might have grounds to file a lawsuit. It is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible to explore the legal options available to you.
Because this incident was a single-vehicle crash, it is likely that the incident was caused by the school bus driver’s negligence – as it is quite easy to lose control of a bus after becoming distracted behind the wheel. School bus drivers, like all other drivers on the road, have a duty of care. Specifically, they have a duty to drive safely to avoid any incidents that could harm others on the road or their passengers. If a driver’s negligent or reckless behavior directly contributes to an incident, then the driver could be liable for any resulting harm. If you can prove liability, then you can file a lawsuit for the harm suffered.
Of course, it is possible for other parties or entities to be liable based on the specific details of the incident. If you are unsure about whether you could file a lawsuit, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm immediately.
Sue and Recover Compensation
If you or a loved one was injured in a school bus accident, you could sue – as explained above. You could also have grounds to recover monetary compensation if your lawsuit is ultimately successful. What could you recover? Depending on the details surrounding your lawsuit, you could be eligible to receive compensation for the harm that you or a loved one suffered.
This compensation could include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damages
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium
- Legal fees
For more information regarding the type and amount of compensation that you could be eligible to receive if your school bus accident lawsuit is successful, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm as soon as possible. Our injury lawyers are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to successfully file your lawsuit and recover the payout that you are owed.
The Statute of Limitations
You could definitely file a lawsuit if you or a loved one suffered harm in a school bus accident. However, because all claims are subject to a statute of limitations – or a deadline to sue – it is essential that you file your claim on time. In California, personal injury claims are subject to a two-year statute of limitations, which gives claimants two years to file their claims. Of course, certain exceptions can apply that could toll the statute of limitations. In the case of underage victim’s specifically (like students), the statute of limitations is actually tolled until the victim turns eighteen. For more information about the total length of time that you have to file your lawsuit, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm as soon as possible.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Here at our law firm, our injury attorneys are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to pursue your school bus accident claim and fight for your right to compensation. Our lawyers have decades of experience and are ready to represent you. Here at our firm, we are proud to 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, address your concerns, and provide you with the guidance that you need to begin or continue your claim. If you are ready to discuss your legal options with the experts here at our law firm, contact us today.
We offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, meaning that our clients will never be required to pay any upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. We also work on a strict contingency structure; therefore, our clients will not be required to pay anything until after reaching a positive claim outcome. If you do not win, you will not pay.
If you are ready to speak with our attorneys, contact us immediately. We are ready to help you!