A Scituate school bus was involved in a two-vehicle crash earlier this year, with 2 people suffering injuries. The bus is reported to have been transporting the Scituate High School swim team that was going to a swim meet in Quincy. The bus driver apparently rear-ended a car, and the injured parties were in that vehicle. When a bus is involved in an accident, there can be a number of very serious injuries. It is fortunate that in this case, no children or other passengers were harmed. When a large bus impacts a smaller vehicle, the damage can be significant.
If you are the victim of an accident involving a school bus, city bus, tour bus, church bus or other similar vehicle, the legal issues involved can become complex. There could be several parties that could be held accountable that could be named in the claim to recover compensation. For example, if the bus driver had been inadequately trained in safety, this may be an issue in the case. Whether the school board, bus driver, bus company or maintenance company (if there was brake failure or other safety system failure), or other party is to be held responsible can only be determined after a thorough investigation of the circumstances of the case.
A high quality personal injury lawyer may engage the services of an independent accident investigator to provide professional assistance in assessing the underlying cause of an accident. This allows for a full evaluation of the actual cause of the accident. There could be other information, including cell phone records that could identify driver cell phone use, drug or alcohol tests and other information that could be important in resolving a claim or getting a favorable verdict in court.
Flanagan & Associates is a personal injury law firm based in Quincy. The firm offers legal representation in all types of injury claims, including bus and truck accidents throughout the entire South Shore Area, including Quincy and Weymouth.