School bus accidents are fortunately not everyday occurrences, but they still happen frequently enough to make parents worry.
Recently, a school bus in O’Fallon, Missouri was in an accident where four children and one adult were injured. Fortunately, the injuries were minor. But this is not always the case.
What should you do if your child is in a school bus accident?
Most school bus accidents – 68 percent – involve children as pedestrians and not the children actually sitting on the bus. First and foremost, teach your children to be very careful when waiting for the bus and after exiting it.
If your child has been hit or injured, either inside or outside the bus, taking them to a medical professional as soon as possible is the prudent thing to do.
Signs of a Concussions After a Bus Accident
Often, a child will receive a head injury such as a concussion in a vehicle accident. However, if the injury is a concussion, it may not be apparent immediately. This is why it is important to monitor your child carefully after any sort of head injury.
Concussions are considered to be mild brain injuries, but it is important that they are monitored. The biggest danger with a concussion is a second blow to the head before the brain has a chance to heal.
Here are some signs of a concussion:
- Too much or too little sleep
- Memory problems
- Mood instability
- Blurred vision
- Nausea or vomiting
If symptoms get significantly worse, don’t wait, take your child to the emergency room.
The best treatment for a concussion is simply to rest as well as medication (talk to your doctor). Your child should avoid strenuous activity, especially sports until the brain is healed.
When to Contact a St. Louis Bus Accident Lawyer
You should definitely contact a St. Louis Bus Accident Lawyer if you feel that someone might be a fault in the accident. Bus accidents may involve simply the bus but can also involve another car or truck. If your child was struck while on foot, was the bus driver paying attention? Or, if the bus was hit by another vehicle, was the other driver at fault?
Another potential issue with a bus accident is the bus itself. Has the bus been properly maintained? The driver may not be at fault if non-functioning brakes were the cause of the accident. By filing a lawsuit, you can help create positive change with school bus safety in St. Louis. Contact Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers today and we can discuss your case.