If you are like most parents, you feel safe and secure once your little ones get on the bus and head for school. After all, the operators are trained professionals and the vehicles are regularly inspected and serviced. What could go wrong? Plenty! The Press of Atlantic City recently reported that almost fifty percent of all school buses and vans in the state of New Jersey fail to pass the inspections which are conducted semi-annually with violations serious enough to have them taken out of service. It was also found that another one third get 30 day violations for items that would not put students in danger. New Jersey motor vehicle and school transportation officials say that the buses, vans, etc. which provide transportation for over 800,000 children to school are safe overall because of extremely tough inspections. The Press found problems ranging from warning equipment malfunction to poor braking systems. Sorry but the explanation from the state motor vehicle and school transportation officials doesn’t make me feel any better. Does it ease your mind? Unfortunately, school bus accidents do happen. These accidents can be caused by negligence on the part of the bus operator, negligence of a third party or mechanical failure. If your child were injured on a school bus, would you know what to do? The first thing to do is take your child to the emergency room for a thorough examination. Once you have ascertained whether there are any injuries, you need to contact an attorney who specializes in school bus accidents. An aggressive, experienced personal injury lawyer will assist you in making sure your child receives the medical treatment which they need and deserve. Your attorney will make sure the bills are being paid by the proper insurance. He or she will also make sure that any notices required under the laws governing your state are made within the proper time period. A top notch trial attorney will then work to get your child the financial compensation they deserve for their pain and suffering. If your son or daughter has been injured, I invite you to complete an online consultation form on my website or call me at 1-800-603-6833 to discuss your concerns. It is easy and well worth the few minutes it will take of your time. After all, doesn’t your child deserve the best representation available?
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