School Bus Accidents in Las Vegas: A Definitive Guide for Financial Recovery
School buses are understood to be the safest way for children to get to school, but accidents do happen.
If you or your child were badly hurt in a Las Vegas school bus accident, it may be possible to pursue monetary compensation through a personal injury claim.
As the parent, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of your child against the liable party, such as the school bus driver or manufacturer of the vehicle. However, most school buses belong to the school district and are operated by local government employees. It is more difficult to file a personal injury lawsuit against a government entity. They are protected by laws that make filing a claim against them different than filing a lawsuit against a private party.
For instance, if your child is seriously injured in an accident involving a Clark County school bus, it is necessary to follow special rules and procedures for filing suit against Clark County. It also is necessary to follow the two-year statute of limitations in Nevada for filing a claim against a government entity.
Liability in a School Bus Accident
As with any motor vehicle accident, there could be many reasons why there was a school bus accident. In Nevada, liability for the school bus crash is determined by identifying who the negligent party or entity was. But school buses are a type of common carrier, so several parties could be involved in the operation, ownership or staffing of the school bus.
School District and School Bus Driver Liability
Most school bus drivers work for the school district, so the district is responsible for the driver’s actions. If the driver who works for the school district causes a school bus accident because of reckless behavior, the district would be held liable in a lawsuit or claim.
The school district can be held liable for these actions committed by a bus driver:
- Not completing a background check on the driver
- Improperly training the driver
- Not maintaining buses and/or failing to make essential repairs
The school district may also be vicariously liable for the accident if the bus driver was any of the following:
It is necessary to prove that the bus driver or the negligence of the school district caused the bus accident that led to your child’s injuries. This can be done by collecting the following physical evidence from the crash scene:
- Police report
- Accident scene photographs
- Surveillance video
- Maintenance records of the school bus
- Complaints against the bus driver
- Bus driver’s driving history
Another Driver Liability
If the bus accident in Las Vegas was due to the driver of another vehicle, it may be necessary to file a personal injury claim against the driver to obtain compensation for your child’s injuries.
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It is necessary in this case to prove the at-fault driver was engaging in negligent or reckless driving, and this lack of regard for others’ safety caused the bus crash, and subsequently injured your child.
Proving the liability of the other driver can be done by collecting physical evidence, such as witness testimony, surveillance footage, photographs of the accident scene, etc.
Poor Road Maintenance
Some school bus accidents are due to a poorly maintained road, or a road hazard that could have been foreseen. You may be able to file a legal claim against the Las Vegas or Nevada agency that is responsible for that road’s maintenance.
Hurt in a School Bus Accident? Contact LV Personal Injury Lawyers
If your child was hurt in a school bus accident, he might be confronted with serious, life-changing injuries. Your child could have medical bills that you cannot pay, out of pocket costs through the roof, and possibly lost wages.
Zachary D. Clayton and his skilled and aggressive attorneys at LV Personal Injury Lawyers are here to help your child receive compensation for your injuries. If the bus driver or school district is proven to be negligent, you may be entitled to financial restitution for your harms and losses.
Please contact our Las Vegas personal injury attorneys today for a free, confidential case review.