For every parent who has ever put a child on a school bus for the first time, the thought of the bus being involved in an accident is truly terrifying. School bus accidents do happen though. Fortunately, serious school bus accidents are rare; however, a single accident in which young children are injured is one accident too many. If your child is injured in a school bus accident in Queens, who is liable for the injuries the accident caused?
Only experienced Queens school bus accident attorneys, such as Simon & Gilman, LLP, can review the unique facts and circumstances surrounding your child's injuries and provide you with concrete answers to the question of liability; however, there are some legal principles that apply in school bus accidents that may give you a place to start.
To begin with, liability in a school bus accident in Queens depends on who was at fault in the accident. Often, for example, another vehicle fails to obey a traffic signal, or fails to stop when the school bus stops, and crashed into the school bus. When another vehicle is involved, and that vehicle caused, or contributed to the collision, the driver of the other vehicle will likely be named as a defendant in the lawsuit. In addition, a number of other defendants relating to the school bus itself could also be named as a defendant, including:
- The bus driver
- The school system
- The bus manufacturer
- The company that services and maintains the bus
In a personal injury lawsuit it is often an option, and frequently advisable, to name multiple defendants. Doing so ensures that the party actually liable for the damages is included in the lawsuit and can be ordered to pay the appropriate damages. Naming multiple defendants is also a good strategy when the victim isn't sure who caused the accident. Through the legal process known as "discovery" additional information will usually come to light that helps pin down who the responsible party is. It is also common for more than one party to ultimately share in the blame for the accident and, therefore, share the responsibility of paying the victim for damages.
In addition, there are time limits in which to proceed with a lawsuit. As such, to preserve and protect an injured party's rights and claims, it is important to commence such a suit timely against all potential parties.
If you have been involved in a collision with a school bus you need to consult with the attorneys at SIMON & GILMAN, LLP, experienced Queens bus accident attorneys right away to determine and assess the legal options you may have as a victim.