Several days each week, parents across the country load their children onto school buses, anticipating that the children will make it to school safely. Unfortunately, school bus accidents occur more often than many people realize. Studies estimate that approximately 17,000 children each year are injured in school bus accidents. Since 1990, 1,400 fatalities have occurred due to school bus accidents. For any parent, these are frightening statistics. If an accident does occur, the type of injuries that may result is extensive.
Ten Injuries that Occur After School Bus Accidents
What types of injuries can occur after a school bus accident? The following are 10 examples:
- Internal bleeding
- Brain injuries
- Severe skin burns
- Spinal injuries
- Sprained and torn ligaments
- Broken bones
- Herniated disks
- Severed limbs
It is important to note that these are just a few of the many potential injuries that may result from a school bus crash. The risk of injury for passengers is greater than in other vehicles because in many cases there are no seat belts to provide restraint in the event of a crash. School buses are also larger vehicles that are more difficult to maneuver than smaller cars and trucks, making it more likely that a driver may be unable to avoid a potential crash.
The types of treatment that may be required after a school bus accident varies depending on the nature and extent of the injury. Victims and their families may be entitled to compensation for the costs related to treatment. They may also be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering, medical bills, and other costs. It is important to consult with a knowledgeable attorney well-versed in the law surrounding school bus accidents. We encourage you to reach out today at 800-856-2347 for a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced injury lawyers.