If you watch the local news and wonder if you might have seen one too many bus crashes locally, you’re probably right. A new report shows that about two school bus accidents happen in the Metro Atlanta every day. The scary part? That number may be too low.
State officials say they have struggled to get school districts to report their crash data accurately. There are no penalties for school districts who don’t report bus crashes to the State Department of Education. State officials use crash data to help them train their drivers better and to come up with safety regulations. But when data isn’t reported accurately or on time, those recommendations could be ineffective.
This year, excepting December, 302 students and drivers have been injured in bus crashes in Georgia. Thankfully, most of these injuries were minor. In all bus crashes measured, the driver was charged in only a third of cases, mostly with moving violations involving clearances of the bus. Fatalities are rare. The previous two years had no fatalities. This year had one when a truck carrying steel beams collided with a bus.
If your child has been involved in a school bus accident, many questions come up. How bad are the injuries? Why did the crash happen? After the tragic accident in Chattanooga this year where a driver deliberately crashed a bus, may parents are justifiably worried. Worse, when there is an injury you may not be able to go after the school district. State law protects schools in many ways from lawsuits. Instead, you’d have to go after the driver.
If your child has been injured in a bus accident, you will need someone familiar with these types of lawsuits to get the compensation you deserve. If you live in Georgia, contact John Foy & Associates for a free consultation about your situation. Let us help you get the answers you need. Call today.