Records obtained by NBC 5 in Dallas show that Dallas County Schools has spent over $2.3 million settling hundreds of claims involving Dallas school bus accidents over the past three years. The settlements ranged from small amounts for fender benders all the way to larger settlements for accidents resulting in injuries.
In 2014, the settlement payments were almost $500,000, which increased to $1.3 million in the first 10 months of 2016. These settlements are only one expense related to the school bus accidents. Dallas County Schools has spent another $1.3 million for collision repairs to its buses at local body shops since 2014.
Dallas County Schools responded by stating that although there have been 680 claims over three years, it does not mean there were 680 accidents involving school buses. In some accidents, multiple parties filed a claim. The school system claims that about half of the accidents involving its buses are the fault of another driver. In addition, officials allege that they choose to self-insure the fleet of buses, which saves taxpayers $1 million in insurance premiums every year.
The school system has a responsibility to children, other drivers on the roads, and taxpayers to take careful action in hiring and training bus drivers. When a school bus is involved in an accident and another individual is hurt, that person can sue the school system for damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and more.
If you have been injured in a school bus accident involving a Dallas school bus, you need to speak with an attorney who can help you recover compensation for your damages. Call the Dallas school bus accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. Our team can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.