Palm Beach school bus accident raises safety questions

March 14th, 2013 - by DKRPA

One of the last things a parent wants to hear as they roll into work is that their child — who they just ushered to the bus stop not 20 minutes ago — was injured in a school bus accident. It is unimaginable what they must go through during those next few minutes. The accident itself is bad enough; but then you start to consider what could have happened to cause the accident, and it opens up a legal can of worms.

For example, the school bus driver will be put under intense scrutiny. Did he or she have the proper credentials to operate a school bus? Did he or she have past driving violations that could have signaled poor driving in the future? Was the driver distracted in any way or operating the vehicle negligently?

The driver is not the only party that could be held liable, though. What about the school or the company that provided the bus? Were they aware of the state of the vehicle? Did it have mechanical issues? Had it received any maintenance recently?

A school bus accident in West Palm Beach will have many parents wondering about the safety of their children after it crashed. Luckily, no one was hurt, and the 12 children aboard the vehicle made it out safely.

However, these accidents do happen more often than you think — and sometimes, the passengers on the bus are not as lucky as the 12 children in this story. Victims and their families need to consider their legal options in the wake of a bus accident that potentially involved negligence.

Source: Palm Beach Post, “12 children escape injury in suburban West Palm school bus accident,” Julius Whigham II, Feb. 26, 2013

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