Who May Be Responsible for a School Bus Accident?
When a school bus accident occurs, it’s natural to assume that the bus driver is responsible. While this may be the case if they were found to be driving recklessly, distracted, impaired, or in violation of laws, there are other potential parties who could share the blame. Here are a few examples:
- Third-party driver: Another driver on the road may have been driving recklessly or negligently, contributing to the accident.
- School district: The school board district could be held responsible if they failed to hire properly trained and experienced bus drivers.
- Bus owner: Whether it’s the state government, a private company, or a government entity, the owner of the bus could be liable if they neglected proper maintenance and safety checks.
- Bus manufacturer: If the school bus had faulty parts and the manufacturer failed to identify and recall them promptly, they could be at fault.
It is crucial to involve law enforcement in such accidents. They will conduct an official accident report to determine the true liable party. Make sure to request a copy of this report and gather other evidence to support your personal injury claim.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Your Claim?
If you are considering filing a personal injury claim on behalf of your child, it’s essential to be aware of the statute of limitations. In Kentucky, the general timeframe is two years from the date of the accident, provided no personal injury protection payments were made. Failing to meet this deadline will prohibit you from suing.
If you or a family member are injured in a school bus accident, don’t hesitate to reach out to Kaiman and Crahan. We are here to support you and guide you on what steps to take next.