Capable School Bus Accident Attorneys
Injuries that occur on school buses may look like accidents, yet in most cases injuries can be prevented if:
- Drivers take care to avoid negligent acts
- Bus companies diligently follow safety standards and don't cut costs where safety is concerned
For example, was your child tossed about the bus in a collision? Seat belts are available for buses when bus companies choose to invest in them. Was your child injured due to poor supervision on a bus? Bus companies and organizations that charter school buses commonly hire aides to supervise and protect children. When these companies fail in their duties, parents often have an actionable claim.
The New York City school bus accident attorneys of Smiley & Smiley, LLP, have handled dozens of school bus accidents in our 40-year history, and represent injured children and adults in all five boroughs. Our many decades of combined legal experience means we have the skills, both in investigation and litigation, that are necessary to help your family obtain its maximum compensation following being injured in a bus crash.
A Recent Case Illustrates Our Effectiveness In Handling School Bus Injury Cases
In 2009, we were contacted by parents whose child had "disappeared" for four hours after boarding a school bus after day care. An investigation revealed that the bus driver "got lost." Rather than competently handling the situation, the driver drove around aimlessly and, we believe, failed to comfort or reassure the child. By the time the bus and child were located the child had soiled himself due to trauma.
Our investigation revealed that the child has since consistently exhibited signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We aggressively pursued this claim and obtained an arbitration award of $125,000 for the traumatized child.
Contact Our New York Bus Crash Lawyers
For more information about our firm and your rights following a school bus-related accident in New York, contact us for a no-charge consultation. Smiley & Smiley, LLP, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan across from Grand Central Station at 122 East 42nd Street, 39th Floor. Spanish interpretation services are available, and our staff includes speakers of Greek and Haitian Creole. To contact a New York City school bus accident lawyer, call 212-986-2022 or toll free 866-SMILEYLAW.