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Many parents might feel uneasy about their child’s first ride on a school bus, but the fact is that it’s statistically safer for children to take the bus to school than to ride in a car. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration website states that students are fifty times more likely to arrive at school safely if they take the bus than if they are driven by a parent, drive themselves, or take a ride with friends. Unfortunately, negligence does happen among bus drivers, which is why personal injury attorneys can ensure that bus accident victims’ families receive compensation from negligent drivers.

New Online Tool Gives Parents More Power

A recent incident involving a 14-year-old student’s recording of a bus driver texting while driving has sparked outrage among many parents. Incidents like these cause parents to lose trust in bus drivers, in spite of the fact that many are well-trained drivers.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provides an online tool for parents to help further inform them of their children’s bus routes. The Safety Measurement System “Carrier Search” tool allows people to search for any bus company in the U.S. and view details about it, including driving incident history, driver fitness, alcohol and drug use, vehicle maintenance, and many other items. These details can also help personal injury attorneys in negligence lawsuits, particularly when attempting to prove that a bus company has a history of hiring negligent drivers.

Trusting Drivers

Bus drivers are normally put through rigorous training programs, and are carefully screened to prevent the hiring of dangerous drivers. Random drug and alcohol tests help keep drivers from transporting anyone under the influence, and records are frequently checked. The buses themselves are designed to provide safer transportation than passenger vehicles, not requiring seatbelts. However, if you believe a bus driver’s negligence has caused injury or wrongful death to a loved one, personal injury lawyers can help you receive full compensation from the parties responsible.

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Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

    Prospective members of The NTL are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership.

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