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A multi-vehicle crash involving a school bus occurred near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania –  November 9, 2021

Shaler Township on Route 28 was the scene of an early morning crash involving multiple vehicles, one was a school bus with no children on board at the time.  There were no immediate reports of bodily injury, but passengers and drivers should be screened by medical personnel to rule out invisible injury.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), school buses are the safest vehicles on the road and children are safer taking buses to school than traveling by car.  If an individual is hurt, or an accident involving a school bus has resulted in high property damages, an experienced bus accident attorney can build a winning case for damage compensation.

Safety standards.

Safety standards for school buses are heavily regulated under NHTSA Safety Act, comparted to regular government controlled transit and private buses.  Bus accidents often occur because of driver error, but there are times when they are related to a mechanical problem, dangerous roadway condition, or the fault of another driver.  Negligence will need to be proven by a skilled accident lawyer, and fault could be placed on a bus driver, an owner, a manufacturer for mechanical error, other drivers, or a bus company manager who decides on the transportation route a bus will follow.

Duty of care.

School bus drivers are required to operate vehicles with a higher degree of care to ensure the safety of passengers, and the public they serve.  When bus drivers, or companies do not observe the higher duty, it can be considered an act of negligence when injury, or property damage occurs. Drivers  A bus accident attorney will be able to outline the special rules that apply when a passenger is injured as a result of a bus accident.

Pennsylvania driver requirements.

Bus drivers have different demands by regulation as to their safe ability to operate a passenger carrier.  The specific medically disqualifying conditions found Under 49 CFR 391.41 are hearing loss, vision loss, epilepsy, and insulin use. A Pennsylvania school bus driver must possess a valid Commercial Driver’s License with Passenger and School Bus Endorsements. A school bus driver must pass a PA School Bus Physical (DL-704) every 13 months as outlined in Title 67, Chapter 71.

Parties who may be held responsible after a bus accident.

  • Driver of other vehicle,
  • Government agency who controls bus,
  • Owner(s) of bus as employer,
  • Driver of bus,
  • Commercial insurer of bus,
  • Regulatory agency supporting bus safety on issues of bus manufacturer and parts manufacturer,
  • Licensing agencies of privately owned and public transit vehicles, city, county, or state.

Recoverable damages.

  • Medical bills and burial expenses,
  • Compensation for lost wages,
  • Compensation for pain and suffering,
  • Punitive damages that are intended to punish the person who caused the death.

Hire an attorney.

Passengers, pedestrians, and other motor vehicle operators should know what actions to take if they are involved in a bus-related accident that negatively affects someone’s livelihood, their own livelihood, and results in damages to their person, property, or ability to earn wages. Passengers and drivers should be screened for invisible injuries after an impact crash with a bus. Scanlon & Wojton can assist surviving family members with insurance claims and accidental death benefit compensation when it is available.

Scanlon & Wojton, Attorneys at Law

The Mitchell Building
304 Ross Street, Suite 510
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219

Phone:  (412) 918-1241

Fax: (412) 235-7275

 

Sources.

Five Vehicles Involved In Crash On Rt. 28 – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/school-bus-safety

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/safety/data-and-statistics/413361/fmcsa-pocket-guide-2018-final-508-compliant-1.pdf

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ourroads/large-trucks-and-buses-numbers

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/title49/section/391.41

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/title49/part/383

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/understanding-passenger-carrier-regulations

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