Did you know that there is a higher standard of care for school bus companies?
Often people just do not know their rights and have no idea about what is to come. I want people to understand the situation. I am writing this because yesterday I read about a bus crash on 384 in Manchester.
Many people do not know that the public school buses are operated by private companies not operated by the public school system. Over the years I have represented victims and their parents against school bus companies and against their bus drivers. The biggest mistake made is not to hiring someone with expertise immediately after the incident. Why? Because the video’s from the bus on the day of the incident needs to be secured and the evidence needs to be saved but the big student bus companies do everything possible to protect its big government contract as these companies first concern after a bus accident is the protection of its government contract and money not the victims and their families. I say the student bus company’s money because often it is self insured, which is permitted under the law, but little known.
These are big national student bus companies who often hire under trained drivers with little experience, who sometimes have bad safety records or bad driving records (among other things). The passengers are the reason these big student bus companies are paid so well. Many parents have no idea, until after the bus crash about how bad it is. My firm has handled claims for injuries suffered by children while riding school buses; people need to understand, that these type cases require immediate action to ensure that the bus company is not out trying to protect itself at the expense of the victim. Often these injuries manifest themselves differently with children than they do with adults.
Firms with experience like ours help these victims and protect the victim's rights. At the same time we work to expose the egregious manner of operation by these big student busing companies, which helps more than just the victim, it helps the potential victim
The law in Connecticut is on your side if a school bus crash does occur. But the carriers will first look to protect its bottom line. Here are some of the laws in Connecticut that are in place to protect injured students and their families.