It’s every parents’ nightmare: their child was in a bus accident on their way home from school. The accident can range from a simple fender bender to an all-out collision on the highway. Either way, parents of the accident victims will no doubt feel a rush of absolute horror when hearing the news. Are their children okay? Should they visit the school? Or go to the site of the accident? What should they do while their child is being recovered from the wreckage? Here are a few steps to take in to best prepare for these tough events.
Take a deep breath and try to settle your racing heart. While situations like these bring out a multitude of emotions, the best thing you can do for your child is to stay calm. A clear mind will allow you to communicate effectively with doctors, nurses, school administration and staff, making the acquiring of information easier and a little less stressful than usual. If you can visit your child, remember that they will be looking to you for support. Keeping calm will help keep your child calm and more willing to be worked on by professionals.
Seek Medical Attention
Regardless of the severity of the accident or injury, always insist on medical attention when your child has been in an accident. Some injuries are hard to see under the surface, such as brain injuries, internal bleeding, or bruised ribs. While your child is being seen, take notes of any symptoms or a diagnosis, and ask the doctor any questions you might have. As your child recovers, follow up with the physician to ensure your child is recovering at the appropriate pace. You’ll also want to keep any medical paperwork should your child be absent from school or if you’ll be speaking to an accident attorney.
Gather Evidence and Be Cautious
School bus accidents place educational institutions and administration under high stress. Staff will be keeping an eye out for any lawsuit that may arise due to a school bus accident. Some may even attempt to absolve the driver, school, or other involved parties by having parents sign paperwork or make a statement to do so. Exercise caution, do not sign anything given to you by the school regarding the school bus accident, make sure your words are neutral and cannot be used against you in court, and reach out to an experienced accident attorney to review your accident case.
Outside of collecting medical paperwork, make sure to also keep track of any other related bills as they come in. Take pictures of your child’s injuries as well. If you can visit the accident site, take pictures of the accident and see if you can also get witness statements from parents or children who witnessed the crash. If you’re working with an attorney, this evidence could greatly help in court.
Has your child been in a school bus-related accident and you’re unsure where to turn? When the Modesto personal injury lawyers at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin take you on as a client, we focus on carrying the burden of protecting your legal rights and bringing those that did you harm to justice, so you can concentrate on healing and getting your life back on track.