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3 Things to Think About Before a School Bus Accident Lawsuit

3 Things to Think About Before a School Bus Accident Lawsuit

School bus accidents are devastating, but they don't always lead to lawsuits. If your child was involved in a serious school bus accident, you've probably asked: Do I have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of my child? Before you file suit, it is important to consider the following questions:

  • Who caused the accident? Who is liable?
  • Was the driver of the bus a school "agent?"
  • Do you know the right legal procedure?

First you need to determine who caused the accident. In short, where does the liability fall? If you want to file a successful lawsuit, you'll have to figure out who actually caused the collision. Possible defendants include the driver, the school, or even the school bus manufacturer. If you fail to name the right defendant, it will be impossible to recover compensation for your child's injuries.

Did you know that, under certain laws, the school is responsible for the school bus driver's actions? This happens when the driver is an "agent" of the school. In other words, the school bus driver may escape liability if he / she was acting within the confines of his / her employment. Employer liability cases are not always easy to decipher, but an attorney can help you determine if the school should be held responsible instead of the driver.

The first step is talking to a lawyer. Depending on the unique circumstances of your case, you may have to cut through considerable red tape to file a successful claim. An attorney can help you overcome any legal hurdles associated with the unique aspects of your case. Lawsuits against schools are complex but the right lawyer can help you create a strong case for the compensation that your child deserves.

Call our office today to learn more about you're your legal rights and options through a school bus lawsuit.