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​Tampa Bay Bus Accident Attorneys

School bus accidents in the Tampa region are an unfortunately all-too-common occurrence. Each year, over 33 percent of all traffic fatalities are school transportation-related.

Some recent news reports have shared some disturbing findings of recent school bus accidents—including that some school bus drivers continue to transport students despite having numerous prior driving offenses on their record. Some of these drivers have even caused prior crashes, yet school districts still let them get behind the wheel of a bus with young children as passengers.

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School bus accidents often result in serious, debilitating injuries that victims will have to deal with for the rest of their lives. In many instances, accident victims have to be out of school for a significant period while receiving treatment for their injuries and physically recovering. They can also rack up numerous medical bills as time goes on. As a result, substantial damages are often at issue in cases of this type, and vigorous representation is necessary to bring all responsible parties to justice.

At Lucas, Macyszyn & Dyer Injury Firm, we use our experience handling bus accident cases to investigate every possible contributing cause of an accident. This ensures that you will receive total compensation for your injuries. ​

If your child has suffered injuries in a school bus accident, you must take action as soon as possible. Waiting too long to file a claim or lawsuit can jeopardize your child’s rights to recover total compensation for their injuries and other damages.

The sooner you retain a knowledgeable Tampa Bay bus accident attorney to represent you in your case, the better off you will be.

To find out more about how we can assist with your bus accident claim or lawsuit, please call us today.

Bus Accidents in Tampa Bay

Many buses serve people of all ages in the Tampa area, whether they are riding to work, school, or other engagements.

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Some companies and school districts that operate buses in Tampa Bay include:

  • HART
  • Tampa Charter Bus Company
  • National Charter Bus Company
  • Falcon Charter Bus Company
  • Pinellas County Schools
  • Hillsborough County Public Schools

Private schools might charter buses from other local companies. It makes a difference whether the bus involved was part of a public or private operation, as the procedures for bringing injury claims changes. Our legal team stands up to public transportation companies, large school districts, and other private corporations.

Responsibility for School Bus Accidents

School bus accidents in the Tampa region are an unfortunately all-too-common occurrence. Each year, over 33 percent of all traffic fatalities are school transportation-related.

Some recent news reports have shared some disturbing findings of recent school bus accidents—including that some school bus drivers continue to transport students despite having numerous prior driving offenses on their record. Some of these drivers have even caused prior crashes, yet school districts still let them get behind the wheel of a bus with young children as passengers.

Bus Drivers

Several individuals and entities might be responsible for a bus accident. First, the bus driver may be liable for the crash. Bus driver negligence is one of the most common causes of school bus accidents, and negligence can take several forms. Often, negligence involves a driver who violated a traffic law or regulation, engaged in distracted driving, or operated the bus while they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

School bus drivers owe their passengers a higher duty of care than other motor vehicle drivers because they transport young school children to and from school daily. They must maintain a special driver’s license, and as such, they must abide by a higher standard of care than the driver of a non-commercial vehicle. A bus driver should handle each situation as a “reasonable bus driver” would, and if they depart from this standard and cause harm, they are negligent.

Violating Traffic Laws

School bus drivers often violate this reasonable duty of care when they violate various traffic laws. For example, they might operate their buses far over the posted speed limit, fail to use a turn signal when necessary, fail to maintain the bus, or fail to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign or traffic light. When school bus drivers violate these standard traffic laws, they significantly increase the chances of an accident that leads to passenger injuries.

Distracted Driving

School bus accidents also happen when drivers engage in distracted driving. This occurs when a driver pays attention to something other than driving. A school bus driver can become distracted when they text and drive or use another electronic device.

Even having their head turned to discipline a student on the bus can divert their attention away from the road, leading to a severe collision. Even when the driver looks away for a second or two, it can be long enough for them to miss an oncoming motor vehicle or another road obstacle.

Driving Under the Influence

Finally, school bus accidents happen when bus drivers operate their vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Since bus drivers are professional drivers, they have stricter rules about impaired driving than the drivers of passenger vehicles. When a driver operates a bus while intoxicated or impaired, they significantly increase the chances that they will cause a collision.

Alcohol, in particular, can significantly impair a bus driver’s physical abilities and prevent them from seeing clearly. In addition, alcohol can delay a driver’s reaction time. As a result, the driver might not stop their bus in time to avoid a severe impact with another vehicle.

School Districts and Bus Companies

School districts are responsible for making sure they employ capable drivers who have good driving records without a history of prior driving infractions, accidents, or crimes. When school districts do not do their due diligence when hiring drivers or when they retain a problem driver, they increase the chances of an accident.

Depending on the circumstances of an accident, a school district can be on the line for negligent hiring, negligent retention, or negligent supervision over a school bus driver who later causes an accident.

School districts also might have vicarious liability if they employed the bus driver. If a separate bus company employed the driver and contracted with a school, that business might be on the hook for vicarious liability.

Repair Facilities

Entities that perform repair work on a bus must complete their job properly. When they fail to do so and a bus malfunctions in the middle of the road, a serious accident with another vehicle can occur. In many instances, it takes expert testimony at trial to prove that negligent repair work caused or contributed to a school bus accident.

Bus Part Manufacturers

Bus part manufacturers must ensure that they manufacture their products safely and they properly test their products before selling them. Steering devices, transmission systems, and braking components are especially susceptible to malfunction if manufacturers and designers do not do the necessary work beforehand.

If a bus accident victim can demonstrate—usually through expert testimony—that a collision occurred because of a defective part, the accident victim might file a claim against the responsible product manufacturer or distributor.

If your child has suffered injuries in a school bus accident that resulted from someone else’s negligence, you have legal rights and options. The skilled team of bus accident lawyers at Lucas, Macyszyn & Dyer Injury Firm can help you explore these options and can file a claim against all potentially responsible parties in your child’s case. We can then work to get your child the compensation they deserve to recover for their injuries.

Common Injuries from Bus Accidents

Bus passengers have very little protection at the time of an accident. Many buses do not have seat belts, so a collision can severely jar a passenger around – especially a young child. Passengers commonly strike the inside of the bus, including windows, walls, and floors, which can lead to several traumatic injuries. Some passengers might fall through windows or on top of one another if a bus rolls over.

Passengers are not the only ones who might suffer injuries, as a bus might collide with another car, injuring the occupants. Buses are much larger than passenger cars, so they often cause serious injuries and damage in a collision.

Common injuries that victims sustain in bus crashes include:

  • Traumatic head and brain injuries

  • Lacerations and abrasions

  • Whiplash injuries

  • Spinal cord injuries

  • Crush injuries

Following an accident, the injured victim may require significant medical care. Some injuries might heal after a few weeks or months, but they still leave behind costly medical bills. A child might miss school and fall behind if they have severe injuries. An injured adult might miss work and lose income.

Other injuries have lasting effects, and a victim might have their entire life changed by the bus crash. In tragic scenarios, bus accident victims do not survive their injuries.

If you or your child has sustained any of these injuries in a bus accident, the Tampa bus accident attorneys at Lucas, Macyszyn & Dyer Injury Firm are here to help. Our team can handle all of the legal aspects of the case while your child focuses on getting better and fully recovering from their accident-related injuries.

How Long Do I Have to File a Bus Accident Lawsuit?

Victims of bus accidents in Florida do not have unlimited time to file a lawsuit for their injuries. Under the law, bus accident victims only have four years from their accident date to file a personal injury lawsuit with the civil court. If the accident victim does not file their lawsuit in time, they cannot recover monetary damages.

The time limits can be much shorter if the liable party is a public entity, such as a public school district or HART. Florida law has stricter requirements for such claims, and you must file notice in a short time after the injuries occur.

Given the relatively short time to initiate a Florida bus accident case, seek legal help as soon as possible. The knowledgeable team of Tampa bus accident lawyers at Lucas, Macyszyn & Dyer Injury Firm can file your insurance claim on time, safeguarding your or your child’s right to recover the compensation needed for their bus accident injuries.

Damages for Bus Accident Injuries

The damages available after a bus accident will depend on different factors. Those factors include the nature and extent of the injuries, whether a child was the victim of injuries to their developing body, and whether one or more injuries are permanent. Moreover, the compensation a bus accident victim can recover will depend on the extent and cost of their medical treatment, along with whether or not they may require medical treatment in the future. If so, those anticipated medical costs can become part of the personal injury claim.

Bus accident victims can recover compensation for their medical expenses related to the accident. They can also recover out-of-pocket expenses they had to pay out for medication and other injury-related needs.

In addition, the accident victim can recover damages for their pain and suffering, inconvenience, mental distress, and loss of enjoyment of life, such as for being unable to participate in sports and extracurricular activities. If a child accident victim suffered a permanent impairment in the collision, they can seek compensation for how the injury will affect their enjoyment of life, working abilities, and more.

When someone suffers injuries in a bus accident, the Tampa Bay bus accident lawyers at Lucas, Macyszyn & Dyer Injury Firm are ready to help. Our lawyers can help you determine which of these damages you or your child might recover, and we will work hard to maximize the monetary compensation in the insurance claim or injury lawsuit.

Talk With an Experienced Tampa Bus Accident Lawyer Today

Martin Macszyn

​​​Tampa Bay Bus Accident Attorneys, Martin Macyszyn, Esq.

School bus accidents in the Tampa region can leave young children seriously injured—in some cases, permanently. If your child has suffered injuries in a school bus collision that resulted from another person or entity’s negligence, legal help is available.

The skilled team of attorneys at Lucas, Macyszyn & Dyer Injury Firm can handle every aspect of your child’s bus accident case, including investigating the accident, negotiating a favorable settlement offer on your child’s behalf, and litigating the case in court.

Our legal team has the skills and experience to maximize your child’s recovery, whether through settlement or litigation.

For a free legal consultation and case evaluation with a knowledgeable Tampa bus accident lawyer, please call us at (727) 849-5353 or contact us online today.

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