School Bus Accident
On average, 17,000 children are injured each year in a school bus accident. These injuries usually occur when a school bus is involved in an accident with another vehicle or while children are boarding or getting off a bus. Most school buses are not equipped with safety belts. As a result, children are especially vulnerable to injury when they fall out of their seats during crashes or when bus drivers brake suddenly or make sharp turns.
A negligent school bus driver can also cause an accident which injures passengers in other motor vehicles or pedestrians on the street. In Las Vegas, when a child is injured or killed in a school bus accident through the bus driver’s negligence, the child and his parents have a limited claim against the bus driver and the driver’s employer, usually the local school district. The same limitations apply to the occupants of other vehicles and pedestrians who are injured through the negligence of a school bus driver. Because the driver is a government employee, under the doctrine of sovereign immunity, he enjoys immunity from lawsuits for his acts of simple negligence. He can be held liable only for acts of gross negligence, which means indifference to others so as to show an utter disregard of caution amounting to a complete neglect of the safety of another person.
Because school bus cases involve a specialized knowledge of the applicable laws, it is important to retain an accident attorney who knows and understands the difference between a school bus accident and a general motor vehicle accident. At Rosenblum Law, our office can assist with your school bus accident case and has specialized knowledge in handling sovereign immunity matters. Call out Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorney today at (702) 433-2889 to schedule your free consultation, if you are someone you know has been injured in a school bus accident.