When you entrust your children to a daycare you expect them to be taken care of and kept safe. Your kids are precious, so it is important that you trust the people and the businesses who you leave them with for several hours each day while you work.
Unfortunately, as a Dallas-Fort Worth child injury attorney, I know that countless children suffer injuries at daycares across Texas every year.
One of the most common ways that a child is injured while in the care of a daycare, pre-school or other child care organization is when they are riding in a daycare van or other vehicle. Anyone who lives in the DFW area knows that car wrecks are a daily occurrence in the area. Daycare vehicles are no less likely to be involved in a serious crash than any other type of vehicle.
However – if your son or daughter was injured in a daycare van collision it is important to know that you do have legal rights to claim compensation for your child’s accident-related medical costs and other expenses.
What limited insurance is there for day care vans?
Unfortunately, laws that regulate day care facilities in Texas are fairly limited. Although all daycares in the state are subject to random inspections by the Department of Public Health and Human Services there are so many such facilities in Texas that the majority avoid visits and so problems which should have been resolved go undetected. Licensed home day care facilities fall under different regulations than larger registered day care facilities which further complicates matters.
Most daycares and other informal organizations or groups which utilize motor vehicles to transport groups of kids tend to use 15-passenger vans. These vans are notoriously unsafe. But they’re cheaper to use than larger, safer buses, so daycares, churches and sports clubs continue to use them.
If your child has been injured in a van wreck it is important that you consult with a board certified Dallas-Fort Worth injury lawyer in order to determine what insurance is available to make a claim against. This involves determining who was at fault for the accident: was it the driver of the daycare van or another motorist? Was the daycare negligent regardless? How will your child’s injuries affect them for the rest of their life? How much compensation is available to your child?
For the answers to these questions, please call us for a free, no obligation consultation. Call Fort Worth 817-294-1900.
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