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Bus Accidents Blog Post

Students Injured in Sarasota County School Bus Accident

School bus accidents can have devastating consequences for students, drivers and families alike. Though school buses are large and generally safe, there are several situations that lead to injuries for the adults and children inside these vehicles. 

An accident involving a school bus carrying students from Venice High required the driver and four passengers to receive medical attention. Though no definitive explanation was given as to why the bus collided with a car, there are several factors commonly associated with school bus accidents, such as:  

  • Driver error — One of the leading causes of school bus accidents is driver error. Specific forms of operator negligence include distracted driving, speeding, reckless maneuvering and failing to adhere to traffic laws. In some cases, the problem is a lack of training, but even experienced bus drivers can make mistakes, highlighting the importance of adherence to safety protocols.
  • Vehicle malfunctions — Mechanical failures, such as brake failure or tire blowouts, can result in loss of control and lead to accidents. Schools and boards of education must conduct regular maintenance and thorough inspections of school buses to identify and address potential issues before they escalate into serious safety hazards.
  • Adverse weather conditions — Heavy rain, fog or strong winds, can create hazardous driving conditions. Reduced visibility and slippery road surfaces increase the risk of accidents, particularly for large vehicles like school buses. Drivers must exercise caution and adjust the way the operate their vehicle during adverse weather events.
  • Problems loading and unloading — Accidents can occur when students are boarding or alighting from school buses. Inattentive drivers or pedestrians may fail to yield to buses, leading to collisions or injuries. Proper supervision and designated loading zones can help mitigate the risk of accidents during these critical moments.
  • Driver fatigue — Long hours behind the wheel and unruly children can lead to driver fatigue, impairing judgment and reaction times. Weary drivers are more prone to errors and are at an increased risk of accidents. Implementing regulations to limit driving hours and promoting adequate rest breaks are essential for preventing fatigue-related accidents.

At Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh, we recognize the profound impact of school bus accidents on our community. Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to obtaining fair compensation for victims of such incidents and holding negligent parties accountable. Please call our Sarasota firm at 941-954-1234 or contact us online if your family has been affected by a school bus accident injury.

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