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Michael Gunzburg, P.C. New York City Personal Injury Lawyer
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New York City Child Bus Accident Lawyer

In 2007, two separate school bus accidents occurred on the same day in New York and left at least 11 people injured, including children. The New York Times reported the story, detailing the separate events of a school bus that crashed in Brooklyn and one that crashed in Manhattan. The Manhattan bus was carrying children that were on their way to a day camp when the passenger door was crushed during a collision with a truck. Both buses were carrying unsuspecting children that never saw the accident coming. As a parent, the last thing on your mind when you send your child off to school or camp is whether or not they’ll be involved in an auto accident. We know that bad things can happen to good people at any given time. Children’s bus accidents are random, and they’re our business. We’re an experienced team of lawyers that handle child bus accident cases regularly, so we know the legal lingo. We know what you’re entitled to, who is at fault, and how much money you can expect to get from your claim. Let us educate you on your rights.

Contact us for your free initial consultation with one of our dedicated children bus accident lawyers at 212-725-8500.

Regular use of a seat belt on a school bus is a common-sense measure that can greatly reduce your child’s risk of injury. New York State’s school bus seat belt law requires all school buses manufactured after July 1, 1987 to be equipped with seat belts. However, New York State does not mandate seat belt use on school buses-it leaves that decision with each separate school district. Your school board will be able to tell you if the law is in effect or not depending on where your child goes to school. Often times, a school bus driver can be held accountable for your child’s accident, but the laws regarding accountability are not always clear. Federal and state laws often contradict each other when determining who is at fault. Let us clarify the confusion. Call our experienced team of Child Bus Accident Lawyers and they’ll review the specifics of your case with you and let you know how to proceed.

There are preventative measures you can take to reduce your child’s risk of being involved in a bus accident. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles suggests:

  • If you are waiting for a public bus or a school bus, wait at the bus stop and stand well back from the curb.
  • When you get off a bus, you need to take 5 giant steps straight out of the bus door.
  • Be aware. There are danger zones near public buses and school buses where the driver cannot see you.
  • When walking to the bus station, you should cross the street at a crosswalk or a street corner, and wait for the light to turn green or for the WALK crossing signal.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street and heading to the bus stop.
  • If you must walk through parked traffic, stop and look carefully before stepping out from between vehicles.
  • Don’t run across the street or through a parking lot. When you are walking in these areas, you need to give your full attention to traffic.

According to the The American Academy of Pediatrics, a bus is a safer vehicle than a car for children to get to school in. They conducted a study showing that when transporting a child to school, 75% percent of the fatalities and 84% of the injuries occur in passenger vehicles while 2% of student deaths and 4% of injuries result from travel by school bus. If your child has been injured, statistics aren’t comforting. You need hard facts and fast answers. Our team of Child School Bus Accident Lawyers can help. We want you to feel taken care of, like a member of our family, and we stand by you throughout the entire legal process.

Let our dedicated team of experienced child bus accident lawyers handle your claim-you’ll be glad you did. Call us at 212-725-8500.

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