Bus accidents are far less common than car accidents, but when they happen they can have devastating consequences. Bus accidents are not limited to collisions between a bus and another vehicle. Slip and fall while on the bus, and pedestrian accidents where a bus passenger is struck while boarding or exiting, are common types of bus accidents which can be serious or fatal.
The bus company and its insurance company will try to fight your claim, denying, delaying, or paying far less than you deserve. To find an expert local bus accident attorney who will fight hard for you, please contact us today.
Do You Need a Bus Accident Lawyer?
Bus accident claims are complex. Even if you have been through a car accident claim in the past, a bus accident claim is a whole new ballgame. You need the help of an experienced bus accident attorney to navigate your complicated case and protect your legal right to full and fair compensation. The regulations which govern bus operation are very different and more extensive than those which apply to passenger vehicles. The type of entity which owns and operates the bus involved will dictate many aspects of your case.
You need someone on your side who is dedicated to protecting your interests, so you know you are not getting cheated out of the money you need and deserve.
Causes of Bus Accidents
Determining the true underlying cause of your bus accident is crucial because it points us to who can and should be held financially responsible in your bus accident claim. Some common causes of bus accidents include:
- Inexperienced or inadequately trained bus driver
- Distracted bus driver
- Excessive speed
- Bus driver fatigue
- Reckless driving
- Unruly passengers
- Inadequately maintained bus
- Defective bus
- Dangerous bus stop design
- Other roadway defects, such as malfunctioning traffic signals
- Negligence on the part of other drivers
Bus companies can often be held responsible for mistakes made by their drivers, because they have certain duties regarding hiring and monitoring their drivers. Inadequately maintained buses may be the responsibility of the bus company or another company contracted to repair and maintain the bus.
Compensation in Bus Accident Claims
If you have been injured in a bus accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses, both economic and noneconomic, including:
- Medical expenses and anticipated future medical expenses
- Lost income and future lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal bus accident you may be able to recover compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.