School Zone and School Bus Accidents

Drivers have a heightened responsibility to operate with care in school zones and near school buses. In Massachusetts, the speed limit for driving in a school zone is 20 mph. Drivers are required by law to stop for buses dropping off children and children traveling in crosswalks.

Drivers are required by law to stay 100 feet behind a school bus at all times. They must pay attention to the vehicle’s flashing lights. There are fines and criminal penalties for failure to obey the law and make proper stops. Children and others injured by negligent drivers can also file a claim seeking compensation for injuries.

Many school bus accidents involve children who are boarding or exiting a bus. But they can also involve children who are riding as passengers. Buses must meet state and federal safety regulations. But many states, including Massachusetts, do not require buses to use safety belts, though a growing number of local school districts are adopting their own seat belt policies.

Car accidents involving young children are challenging because injuries often require specialized treatment. Parents must take time away from work to help their children through rehabilitation. The investigation and claim process becomes more complex when a school bus or commercial vehicle is involved, as these vehicles face additional government regulations.

The Boston car accident lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck, P.C., are experienced in handling complex motor vehicle and transportation accident claims. Our injury lawyers have represented injured plaintiffs in car accidents, train accidents, truck accidents and bus accidents.

If you or your child has been involved in a car accident, you may be entitled to recover damages such as lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering. You have a limited period of time to file a claim so it is critical to contact an experienced Boston car accident attorney as soon as possible. For a free legal consultation, contact us today at 617-723-7676 or 800-379-1244 or use our contact form.

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