Parents put the safety of their children in the hands of bus drivers every day when they send their children off to school on the school bus. They trust that the school system employs bus drivers who are properly trained and hold the correct licenses. They trust that the bus their child rides on has been properly maintained and is in good condition.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Mistakes do occur, which lead to school bus accidents in Illinois. If your child has been injured or killed in a school bus accident, it is within your legal rights to file a lawsuit for compensation.
School Bus Accident Liability
School bus accidents are caused by a variety of problems. Issues contributing to an accident include mechanical defects associated with the school bus, defects present in other vehicles involved in the accident, or the negligence of the school bus driver or other drivers involved in a collision.
A personal injury lawyer will be able to assist you in determining legal liability for the accident; whether it is due to negligence or a defective product.
School Bus Accidents Caused by Negligence
If the school bus drivers negligence was determined to have caused the accident which injured your child, the driver and his or her employer may be held liable. Negligent actions which contribute to school bus accidents include:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving while fatigued
- Using a cell phone or other electronic device while driving
- Failing to exercise caution in bad weather
- Violating traffic laws
School Bus Accidents Caused by Defects
If a defect of the bus led to your child being injured, manufacturers, suppliers, designers, and other parties involved in making the bus can be held accountable. Illinois product liability laws will be used by your attorney when pursuing a case involving school bus defects. Defects can occur in any stage of school bus production, from design and development, to assembly.
Contact an Illinois Personal Injury Lawyer Now
School bus accidents are very serious, and action needs to be taken to protect victims as well as prevent accidents from happening in the future. The personal injury lawyers at GWC Injury Lawyers are available to assist you with your child’s personal injury claim. Contact us today for a free case review; our personal injury attorneys will review your case and discuss the legal options available to you.