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School Bus Accidents

School bus accidents are amongst the most tragic of all motor vehicle accidents due to the inherent involvement of young children. As a result, substantial damages are often at issue in cases of this type, and vigorous representation is required to bring all responsible parties to justice. In Louisiana, the state board of education promulgates regulations for the safe construction, design, equipment, and operation of school buses with the goal of minimizing accidents and ensuring the safety of passengers. L.A. R.S. 17:164. The board of education may issue orders prohibiting the operation of any school bus that fails to comply with regulations. L.A. R.S. 17:165.

A school bus related crash is a crash which involves, either directly or indirectly, a school bus type vehicle, or a vehicle functioning as a school bus, transporting children to or from school or school related activities. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA), approximately 24 children are killed in school bus accidents in an average year. Very few of these fatalities occur on the bus. One-third of fatalities occur when a child is struck by a school bus in the loading/unloading zone, one-third are struck by motorists who fail to stop for the school bus, and one-third are pedestrians who are killed as they approach or leave the school bus stop.

In all automobile accident cases it is essential that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question, and to enable physicians or other expert witnesses to thoroughly evaluate any injuries. If you or a loved one is a victim of an automobile accident, call the Law Office of Kenneth G. Miller at 337-289-1300.

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Lafayette, LA 70508

Phone: 337-289-1300
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