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What should I do if my child is hurt getting on or off an Iowa school bus?

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The answer depends on how your child is hurt. If your child trips on her shoelaces or misses a step while texting, then making sure that your child sees the school nurse or her primary care doctor may be all that you need to do to protect your child’s recovery.

If Your Child Was Hurt by the Bus or Another Motor Vehicle Then the Steps You Take After the Bus Accident Should Be Different

Kadyn’s Law requires that all vehicles near a school bus are required to stop while the child safely exits or enters the bus. This includes not only the bus itself, but drivers around the bus that must abide by the school bus’s stop sign, stop arm, and flashing lights. If a driver failed to abide by this law and struck your child then it is important to:

  • Make sure the police are notified. The bus driver or an eyewitness may make this call. However, if for some reason the police are not immediately notified then it is important for you to contact the police as soon as possible. There are criminal penalties for violating Kadyn’s Law and the police may do an investigation that is useful not only for criminal charges but also for any civil personal injury claim that you bring on behalf of your child.
  • Get your child immediate medical care. Even if your child claims that he isn’t hurt, it is important for your child to see a doctor to make sure any injuries are promptly diagnosed and treated. Some injuries, such as concussions, may not have immediate symptoms.
  • Take quick steps to make sure that all evidence is preserved. This may include video footage, pictures, and locating eyewitnesses.

Whether your child is a kindergartner or a high school senior, it can be devastating when your child is hurt getting on or off a school bus. Your child deserves to travel to school safely. If that didn’t happen because of a driver’s negligence then we encourage you to contact our experienced Iowa personal injury lawyers for a free, no-obligation consultation. We will review your child’s claim, determine who was legally responsible for the accident, and do everything that we can to help your child make a fair recovery. Contact us online or call our office directly at 800.800.5678 to learn more.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham

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