If you were injured in an accident involving a bus, the Florida bus accident attorneys of Anidjar & Levine can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. We have successfully handled numerous cases involving bus accident injuries throughout Florida.
Fort Lauderdale, like other cities, has a dependable transportation system that gets people where they need to go. Buses provide a convenient mode of transportation for everyone, from young schoolchildren to working adults. The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that 500,000 school buses transport over 24 million children between home and school each year. But accidents happen and bus accidents, although rare, can cause serious and devastating injuries. Bus accidents can involve front or side impacts as well as rollover crashes. Passengers in direct line with the crash forces bear a greater risk of injury.
Most bus accidents involve more than one vehicle. Where there are multiple vehicles, typically one driver is at fault. Negligent driving occurs when drivers become distracted or fail to pay attention to the conditions of the road. Sometimes the bus driver is negligent, causing a collision with other cars. Other times, a car driver tries to pass and turn in front of the bus, or refuses to yield the right of way. Whenever there is an accident caused by negligence, the negligent party is responsible for any property damage or bodily injury that results. Victims injured in bus accidents can thus recover compensation from negligent drivers and their insurance carriers.
Florida Law requires drivers to stop for school buses. Pursuant to Section 316.172 of the Florida Statutes, drivers approaching a school bus displaying flashing red lights or a stop signal must bring their vehicle to a complete stop; they “shall not pass” the bus until the signal is withdrawn. Drivers who pass the bus on the side on which children enter and exit commit a moving violation. The offense is punishable by a fine, a 180-day license suspension, and a mandatory hearing.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards also set forth rules for school bus rollover protection. The purpose of this law is to reduce the number of deaths and severity of injuries that result from the bus’s failure to withstand forces in rollover accidents. The vehicles must pass rigorous procedures that test the ability of each emergency exit to open “during the full application of force.” These standards also establish “occupant protection requirements” for the bus’s seating and restraining barriers. The requirements for flexible occupancy seats and safety restraints are meant to protect bus passengers during crashes and sudden driving maneuvers.
Bus accident victims who can show their injuries were caused by another driver’s negligence are entitled to several forms of compensation. First, they are entitled to compensation for medical expenses, from emergency care at the scene of the accident to ongoing treatment as the injury requires. Second, they are entitled to present and future lost income resulting from their inability to return to work. Finally, if the bus accident resulted in a fatality, surviving family members can recover reasonable expenses incurred for medical and funeral services.
If you were injured in a bus accident, the skilled Florida bus accident lawyers of Anidjar & Levine can help. For years, we have provided the highest quality representation to accident victims throughout Florida. We can help you get back on your feet. Call (800) 747-FREE for a free consultation or Contact Us online.