Connecticut – March 1, 2021

School bus accidents across Connecticut included an accident in New London between a car and a school bus outside Harbor School on Thursday, February 18, 2021 with no injuries; a crash between a car and a school bus in Tolland with reports of no injuries resulting from that December 15, 2020 crash; and a school bus rollover in Salem on November 2, 2020 when a bus traveling on Route 85 ran off the road and hit a mailbox and a rock wall, leaving the driver and one passenger transported to the hospital for injury treatment.  When  an individual is hurt, or a loved one has been harmed because of a school bus accident, an experienced bus accident attorney can build a winning case for damage compensation.

School buses.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that school buses are among the safest vehicles on the road and children are safer taking buses to school than traveling by car.  Approximately 4-6 school aged children die every year on school transportation, that amount is less than one percent of all nationwide traffic fatalities.  Safety standards for school buses are higher than regular government controlled transit and private buses. Federal regulations also require other passenger vehicles sharing the roadway with school buses to adhere to certain driving patterns and rules that may result in ticketed violations in some cases, leading to points and fines as determined by the severity of the infraction in Connecticut.  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.

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. Drivers who require a diabetes, or vision exemption to safely drive a commercial motor vehicle are disqualified until they receive such an exemption.

Parties who may be responsible.

  • Other vehicle driver,
  • 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.

Damage recovery.

An experienced bus accident attorney will work with insurance companies after an accident toward compensation that may include economic damages for present and future loss of earnings, medical bills, current and future medical care, household expenses, and non-economic damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of consortium, or companionship.

Skilled bus accident lawyers will know if they can request punitive damages as well.

Hire a lawyer.

A personal injury lawyer who has experience with complex insurance claims and bus accident litigation settlements can assist victims toward relief in the form of damage compensation. USAttorneys.com is a great resource to put individuals in touch with experienced bus accident lawyers in Connecticut.

 

Sources.

https://www.theday.com/article/20210218/NWS01/210219381

https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/school-bus-involved-in-crash-in-tolland-tolland-alert/2384202/

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.napt.org/

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

http://www.yellowbuses.org/

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

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

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