Buses are used to transport many people at one time to various destinations. The majority of buses do not involve seat belts, air bags, or other types of restraint systems normally found in passenger cars. As such, a bus accident can involve some serious injuries.
Some common types of bus accidents include:
- Injuries from sudden stops or starts (especially where a bus passenger is standing up inside the bus)
- Injuries to passengers who are in the act of boarding or unboarding the bus
- Accidents involving pedestrians or bicyclists (these can be very serious)
- Collision accidents with other vehicles
- Accidents caused by bad weather
- Accidents involving trains or railroad crossings
Some accidents may also involve high-speed collisions on the highways. These can also be very serious, as buses take some time to slow down (similar to big rigs and other larger vehicles).
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Bus Accident?
This depends on the situation. In some cases, a bus company can be held liable for an accident, especially if it is due to some sort of mechanical failure or defect with the vehicle that the company could have prevented (such as a faulty tire). In some cases, the city or county may be held responsible if the accident involve a public transportation bus.
Buses are also used very extensively for the transportation of children and students. School bus safety violations can lead to a lawsuit against a school district or other similar department if they are found to be in violation of safety codes or are engaged in negligent practice.
Lastly, an individual bus driver can sometimes be held liable if they have engaged in negligent behavior. These can include: driving while intoxicated; speeding; disobeying road rules; or driving in an overall reckless manner.
Is It Possible to Receive Compensation Through a Bus Accident Claim?
Again, this depends on which party is liable. In some cases, it may be possible to obtain a damages award for injuries sustained from a bus accident. These damages can often cover medical expenses and other costs. Again, it’s necessary to prove that the defendant party was directly liable for the injuries or losses.
Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help with a Bus Accident Claim?
Bus accidents can involve some serious injuries and/or property damage. It may be in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer if you need help with a bus accident claim. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice on how to obtain compensation for your losses. Also, if you need to file any documents or forms, your attorney can assist you with these and can represent you during any court hearings.