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Causation and Liability in School Bus Accidents

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Personal Injury

The Gainesville Attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A., discuss causation and liability in school bus accidents. Each weekday, thousands of parents send their children off to the school bus stop, and in doing so entrust their safety to others until they return home. With the recent abundance of violence occurring upon school grounds, many parents may overlook the dangers that exist before our children even arrive on school grounds. Florida’s busy roadways, coupled with the presence of far too many negligent motorists, have made school bus accidents a rising concern in Florida.

Some school bus accidents are caused by the negligence of another motorist, such as when a motorist fails to yield to traffic signals or devices, or otherwise acts in an unlawful or negligent manner. For the same reasons, many school bus accidents are also caused by the negligent actions of a school bus driver. Some accidents can even be attributed to the negligence of the entities responsible for school transportation, which in most cases is the county where the school is located. (See, ‘Claims against the Government‘). Every accident, whether involving school transportation or another type of motor vehicle, requires a thorough investigation to assess causation and determine any and all potential sources of recovery.

From the legal perspective, it is important to distinguish between causation in terms of one driver being found at fault over another, and liability in terms of the persons that may ultimately be held liable for damages resulting from an bus accident. For example, while a bus driver may have been the actual cause of a specific accident, the driver’s employer is generally the source of compensation for accidents occurring while the driver is acting within the scope of employment. Consider an alternate scenario, involving a motorist of another vehicle that is determined to be the at-fault party by law enforcement, but subsequent investigation of the accident reveals that the bus was overcrowded, negligently maintained, or some other relevant or intervening factor was present.

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As parents of a child who sustained injury in an accident, the immediate concern is obtaining medical treatment for our child. Thereafter, concerns will generally turn to how medical expenses, and other types of damages related to the accident will be paid for. If you are like most parents, who are unfamiliar with complicated legal processes, you may not know which persons or entities to direct claims for liability at, and in what manner. Discussing the matter with an attorney experienced in bus accidents, will help you to both understand and protect your legal rights to obtaining compensation on behalf of your child.

Having an attorney on your side who will aggressively fight for your legal rights can greatly impact the ultimate outcome in your claim for damages. The opposing parties to an accident claim may want to settle matters as quickly as possible. They may attempt to persuade you that your claim in invalid or worth only a nominal amount. It is important to remember that neither the defendants’ assertions, nor a police report, serve as a definitive determination of entitlement to compensation. Protect your legal rights by letting the skilled Gainesville Bus Accident Attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. put their decades of experience to work for you and your family.