Liability in Maryland School Bus Accidents

school busA Maryland school bus accident is one of the biggest fears for parents whose children take the bus to school every day. And given that Maryland school buses are not equipped with seat belts, even accidents on rural and suburban roads can lead to devastating consequences. Of course, when a bus route takes students on the highway, the risk of a serious bus accident increases drastically. As a general matter, school bus drivers owe a duty of care not just to the students on board the bus, but also to other motorists on the road. When a school bus driver’s negligence causes an accident that results in injuries to either the students on the bus or to other motorists, the injured parties may be able to pursue a Maryland personal injury claim against one or more parties.

Depending on the specific circumstances of the accident, it may be appropriate to name one or more of the following parties: the bus driver, the school or school district, the bus manufacturer, as well as any independent contractor that may be involved in the hiring, training, or employment of the bus driver. Determining which parties should be named in a Maryland school bus accident should be left to a Maryland personal injury attorney with experience handling these particular claims.

Dozens Injured, Including Several Students, in Recent Bus Accident

Last week, dozens were injured in a single-vehicle school bus accident that occurred while the students were on their way to Sea World in San Antonio, Texas. According to a local news report, the bus was carrying 24 students – all girls – and several administrators when the driver lost control of the vehicle. Evidently, after the driver lost control of the bus, it flipped over and slid off the highway onto the grassy median along the side of the road.

Most everyone on board the bus was taken to the hospital with varying injuries. Six of the injured were admitted into the emergency room. Within a day, all but five of the students and two administrators had been released from the hospital. Those who remain hospitalized had sustained serious head injuries in the accident, but are expected to eventually make a full recovery.

Police have begun an investigation into the cause of the accident, and have only disclosed that they do not believe the weather to have been a factor.

Has Your Child Been Injured in a Maryland School Bus Accident?

If your child has recently been injured in a Maryland school bus accident, the dedicated Maryland personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC can help. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, we provide each and every one of our clients with the attention and respect they deserve. Our firm has been helping Maryland injury victims for the past 22 years, and look forward to meeting with you to discuss your case. We represent clients in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. in all types of personal injury matters, including car accidents, medical malpractice cases, and slip-and-fall accidents. Call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free consultation with an attorney today.

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