Colorado School Bus Accident Lawyers
Parents in the Grand Junction area rely on school bus drivers to transport their children safely to and from school or to sporting events and other school-related activities. In some rare cases, a tragic school bus accident occurs, with children suffering serious, life-changing, or fatal injuries.
An accident involving a school bus can be the result of several factors, including:
- Driver distracted
- Driver operating the school bus too fast for road or weather conditions
- Driver error
- Drunk or drug intoxicated driver
- Another vehicle impacts the bus
- Icy or snowy streets or highways
- Driver error
The injuries sustained by children are often profoundly serious, as school buses are not required to have seat belts, and when the vehicle is in an accident, the children can be thrown about the bus, contacting with seats, walls, windows, or another item with force. The types of injuries that may occur include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal injuries
- Disfiguring injuries
A full investigation into the facts will reveal the liable party or parties. In some school bus cases, through accessing cell phone records, it is determined that the bus driver was texting, speaking on the phone, or otherwise distracted. Drug and alcohol testing may reveal that the driver was intoxicated. In other cases, it is discovered that the bus was poorly maintained, and brakes, tires, or other safety systems failed to function as they should, causing an accident. In some bus accidents, the responsible party is another driver who was sharing the road and driving in a negligent or reckless manner. The liable parties in a school bus accident case could be:
- The bus driver
- The school district
- The bus manufacturer
- The bus maintenance company
- A bus parts manufacturer (brakes, tires, etc.)
- Another driver
Filing a lawsuit to pursue compensation for an injury can be a complex process. A legal concept called “sovereign immunity,” under the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act (CGIA), makes suing public entities immune from liability in certain types of injury claims. However, having the government able to be immune from personal injury claims is unfair to the people, and in some cases immunity is waived, under the Colorado Revised Statutes, including cases of negligent or reckless operation of a motor vehicle owned or operated by a public entity.
To file a claim against a school will require specific filings, which must be performed within a shorter timeframe than is necessary in a standard personal injury claim. A claim must be filed within 180 days from the date of the accident. If the claim form is not filed within that time, the individual will be forever barred. It is imperative that you retain an attorney if your child was injured in a school bus accident. At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we take on difficult, challenging injury cases with professionalism, legal skill, and dedication to the children and families we represent.
The value of an injury claim associated with a bus accident often requires assistance from medical and financial experts. A child who has been seriously injured may be facing a lifetime of challenges, and expensive, ongoing medical care and treatment. At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we will review and evaluate every aspect of the case to determine the value of the claim filed against the liable parties and will pursue full compensation vigorously. If a child has been through the trauma of a school bus accident, suffering serious injuries, we believe they deserve every possible form of compensation.
Contact Peters & Nolan, LLC at (970) 243-4357 immediately for an attorney who will go above and beyond to help you seek justice and full compensation.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.
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