In Massachusetts, victims of school bus accident can suffer serious injuries, can incur significant medical expenses and can lose substantial income resulting from those injuries. Any time you have been the victim of an accident involving a school bus, you should consult with an experienced attorney who can help assist you in recovering fair compensation under the circumstances.
Depending on the owner/operator of the school bus involved in your accident, the avenues for potential recovery of damages may vary. Because of this, it is important to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer in a timely manner. If the school bus is privately owned & operated, or under private contract by a municipality to transport students, then it is subject to the same compulsory auto insurance as all other motor vehicles in the Commonwealth. However, if the bus is owned and operated by the Commonwealth, or any city, town, or other public employer as defined by M.G.L c. 258 s. 1, then insurance for the payment of damages may be discretionary, not compulsory.
With this in mind, an experienced personal injury lawyer will know where to look for payment of related medical expenses, reimbursement for lost wages, and reimbursement for out of pocket expenses such as patient co-payments, rental vehicles, and towing and/or storage charges resulting from the accident.
Personal injury claims relating to school buses are not limited to collisions with other motor vehicle and/or negligent operation of the bus itself. What many victims do not realize is that they may be entitled to recover for injuries occurring while entering or exiting the bus. Moreover, a school bus operator, like all common carriers, are subject to a higher standard of care to ensure the safety and well being of their passengers.
Anytime you are injured in an accident involving a school bus you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as practicable. The attorneys at Diller Law, LLP have experience in handling claims involving school bus accidents. Our attorneys will provide a free consultation regarding your school bus accident, and, if you are seriously injured or otherwise unable to travel, our attorneys may travel to you.