Bus Stop Safety Education
While most injury attorneys join in the bus safety conversation after tragedies occur, Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers founding partners want to prevent them in the first place. Stephen Schultz and Josh Myers regularly dedicate personal time and money to educate bus drivers, parents, and teachers about school bus safety.
Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers first became heavily involved in child injury prevention after representing a family in a very sad case involving the death of a little boy named Hunter Pitt.
Hunter was killed after being struck by his school bus on the way home from school. Josh Myers and Stephen Schultz helped the boy’s parents secure a verdict of $11,494,637.38. As the Pitt family made clear, money would not make them whole again. They wanted to make sure no father had to experience what he did. Education became the goal.
Districts are responsible for educating bus drivers and teachers about bus safety, but parents and kids can do their part too! Click the links below to download bus stop safety guides and learn about how to stay safe on the school bus.
Nationally Recognized Child Injury Lawyers
When it comes to accidents and injuries–especially those involving children–Stephen Schultz & Josh Myers will stop at nothing to ensure that victims and their families are compensated fairly. Our law firm has recovered over $50,000,000 on behalf of our clients.
The personal injury attorneys at Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers are some of the most accomplished bus accident attorneys in the state, and have received numerous awards and accolades both in the state of Missouri and at a national level.
School buses are actually the safest way a child can get to school. It is estimated that school buses keep 17.3 million vehicles off the roadways surrounding schools each morning. By reducing congestion, car accidents are less likely to occur. Children are 50 times more likely to arrive at school alive if they take the bus than they are if they drive alone or carpool with other students.
Still, accidents do happen. Between 2003 and 2012, 174 school-aged children died in school transportation accidents in the U.S.
Sixty-eight percent of those children were pedestrians. In January, 2018 a Creve Coeur school bus carrying students was involved in an accident. No students were harmed, but accidents like that do happen in our community.
“Unfortunately, in today’s world,” attorney Josh Myers told reporters of the 2012 bus accident case, “a lot of times [litigation] is the only way to make change happen and to get certain people to notice what problems are so they can make corrections.”
Causes Of School Bus Accidents
Just like any car or truck accident, bus accidents happen for a variety of reasons. School bus drivers are trained specifically for transporting children. Kids are known to be unpredictable, which is why bus drivers must always be on the lookout for unusual behavior.
When a child is struck, attorneys will look at training records and video evidence to determine if a pedestrian bus accident was an isolated incident or if it was a top-down training failure.
There is a specific area of law in Missouri that requires drivers such as bus drivers to make sure all passengers have properly exited and “alighted” the vehicle before the continue on. What this really means is that, if the driver dropped off four kids, he needs to make sure he sees four kids safely away from the bus before he travels forward.
What To Do If My Child Is Struck By A School Bus
If your child has been injured or died in a bus accident in Missouri, Illinois, or Arkansas, contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
We understand that filing a claim is the last thing you want to deal with during this difficult time, but calling a lawyer right away can help your family get on the path to healing much sooner. Call Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers at 314.444.4444 for a free and confidential consultation.