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Personal Injuries in School Bus Accidents

Despite the infrequency of school bus collisions, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that an estimated 142 school transportation-related accidents result in a fatality every year.In order to limit the number of school bus accidents, Florida code requires vehicles to stop when school buses begin flashing red lights and a stop sign extends from both sides.

Despite these legal precautions, many individuals pass illegally or are unaware that Florida requires motorists to stop for school buses. Most motorists are unaware that drivers on the opposite side of the road are required to stop for school buses as well. Drivers in violation of the law face the risk of injuring children entering and exiting school buses and are subject to citation.

Personal Injury Attorney for School Bus Accidents in Brevard County, FL

The Law Offices of James B. Coulter is devoted to fighting on behalf of those injured in motor vehicle accidents of all types in Melbourne, FL. Find out what you need to do right now to go after those responsible for your accident and fight for the best results in your case. With offices conveniently located in Satellite Beach, James Coulter represents clients in school bus accidents throughout the surrounding areas in Brevard County including Melbourne, Cocoa, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Rockledge, Indialantic, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, and West Melbourne.

James Coulter also represents clients in the counties surrounding Brevard County including Volusia County, Indian River County, Osceola County, and Orange County, Florida. Call today to discuss the case either over the phone or in the office. Call (321) 586-9944.


Proving Negligence in School Bus Accidents

Much like bus drivers, school bus drivers carrying children are common carriers with a heightened duty of care to protecting passengers. Under Florida law, children have special status and need extra protection. School bus drivers must drive and operate their vehicles with extreme caution and adhere to strict rules and regulations intended to protect child passengers.

Typically, liability applies when children are on board the bus, but may be extended under certain circumstances where the school bus driver still has a duty to ensure child passenger safety.

School, school bus companies, and school bus drivers may be liable for injuries a student sustains if the driver fails to any of the following:

  • Verify that traffic has stopped before permitting a child to exit the bus;
  • Monitor a child’s safe crossing of a street;
  • Operate the bus with due care; and
  • Activate safety measures, including flashing red lights and stop sign, while students enter and exit the bus.

Liability will depend on the specific statutory requirements in place for school buses and drivers in the district where the accident occurred.

Additionally, since Personal Injury Insurance (PIP) may cover some costs resulting from the school bus accident injury to a child. However, the claims process can quickly become complicated and may require the assistance of a personal injury lawyer.


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More Information on School Bus Accidents in Melbourne, FL

FMCSA on Bus Crash Statistics- Search the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to find the online edition of Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts spreadsheet. This chart contains data for each report’s data tables and graphs. This site also provides annual editions of the Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts which contains descriptive statistics about fatal, injury, and property damage.

Florida Statute 1012.45 for the Duties of School bus drivers Visit the website of the Florida Legislature to find the statute explaining the duty of care and requirements for school bus drivers. This site also provides legal definitions of terms included in the statute, related local and special laws with regard to school bus drivers, and possible penalties for school bus drivers found in violation of Florida’s laws.


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Finding a Lawyer for School Bus Collision Lawsuits in Brevard County, FL

At The Law Offices of James B. Coulter James B. Coulter represents individuals seeking damages for injuries due to motor vehicle accidents in Brevard County, FL. He also represents clients injured in the nearby cities of Melbourne, Cocoa, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Rockledge, Indialantic, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, and West Melbourne.

With offices in Satellite Beach, FL, he also represents clients in the counties surrounding Brevard County including Volusia County, Indian River County, Osceola County, and Orange County, Florida. Call (321) 586-9944 today for your free consultation.

This article was last updated on Friday, October 14, 2016.

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