Although school buses are designed to be safe vehicles, children at school bus stops – particularly those on busier streets, absent sidewalks and in the early morning hours – may be vulnerable to accidents involving other vehicles. When these incidents occur, it’s important for parents to discuss with an experienced injury lawyer the possibility the school district may be liable in failing to establish safe routes or safe stops.
Decisions about school bus routes have to balance the realities of ridership demand with:
- Any special needs of riders;
- Climate/ weather;
- Population density;
- Exposure to crime/ assault;
- Traffic density.
School officials have to take into account a myriad of different factors in order to maximize student safety. This does not mean that every injury that occurs at or near a school bus stop or on a student’s route will be grounds for a lawsuit against the school district. But in some cases, the school district may be liable. That is what’s being alleged in the south Florida case of Davis v. Baez, recently before the Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals. Continue reading →