Back to School, Back on the Road— Accidents Happen
September 10, 2020
BY: Domhnall O'Cathain
Here, in northern New Jersey, it is back-to-school time. A few kids will be going every day, some will be studying from home, and many more will be going in on different days. And all of this brings more cars and buses on our roads.
Have you been stuck in your first real traffic jams in months? Can you even remember the last time you were stuck behind a school bus?
It is sad, but inevitable, that there will be more crashes on our roads in the coming weeks and months that will involve school children.
Here are some tips to help you out if you or a loved one ends up in one of these crashes.
- Make sure everyone is physically okay. Your children’s safety— and the physical safety of their friends, and everyone in the car— is the most important thing. Remember that many times the pain sets in later that day or the next day. It is always best to see a doctor if that pain doesn’t go away. If someone has immediate pain, call an ambulance or get to an ER or urgent care as soon as it is safe to do so.
- Call the police. Don’t let the other driver talk you out of calling the police. The police report will have the insurance information for the other driver. If someone is injured, the insurance company of the negligent driver will have to pay for any injuries that are proven in court.
- If someone is injured badly, make sure they consult with an injury attorney. In New Jersey, it is always good to look for a law firm that has a lawyer who is certified as a civil trial lawyer.
In New Jersey in recent years, we have seen the horrific consequences of crashes with school buses and we know that a lot of school districts are not hiring or training these drivers safely.
If you or a loved one was injured by a careless school bus driver, you might not have much time to act and should hire a lawyer quickly.
An adult who is injured by a bus that was operating on behalf of a public school, needs to file a Notice of Claim within 90 days or else will have a lot of problems filing a lawsuit. The law is kinder to kids under the age of 18 but there are time limits that run when the child turns 18. Again, in New Jersey, it is always good to look for a law firm that has a lawyer who is certified as a civil trial lawyer.
While the school district might make a statement that it is sorry for any injury, that won’t make a big difference in litigation where the defendants and their insurance companies fight to keep every penny away from the injured adults and children.
Lawsuits are one of the best ways to make negligent school districts to make better decisions in the future. Lawsuits don’t bring back our lost love ones or make injuries go away, but they do give us answers on what went wrong and gives us some sense of justice.