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If you or someone you care about have been in an accident as a bus passenger or in another vehicle involved in a crash with a bus, you should call the bus accident lawyers at TruckAccidents.Law. Our bus injury lawyers have extensive experience in bus accident cases and we have fought against some of the largest bus companies in the country. Most large bus accidents and bus rollovers are caused by negligence on the part of the bus driver or bus company. Some examples of these causes include:
- Driver Fatigue
- Distracted Bus Driver
- Aggressive Bus Driver Driving
- Bus Mechanical Failure
- Poor Bus Maintenance (bald tires, worn brakes, etc.)
- Bus Speeding
- Inadequate Safety Training/Policies
- Improper Hiring Practices
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Buses are one of the most utilized modes of transportation in the United States. City Buses take children to school; public buses transport workers to their jobs; tour buses drive across the country carrying entertainers and charter buses drive inclusive groups to their chosen locations. As a matter of fact, The Bureau of Transportation Statistics estimates that in 2014 there were roughly 872,000 buses in the U.S. But are they safe? While it is true that buses are one of the safest modes of transportation available, they are not without their dangers. As BTS reports, in 2014 alone, there were 233 fatalities nationwide as a result of bus accidents.
Buses naturally weigh more than cars and are larger in stature. Because of this, when a bus crashes into a vehicle, the greater weight of the bus has the potential to crush a car upon impact and, depending on the circumstances of the accident and the speed each vehicle is going, chances are the passengers in the other smaller motor vehicle will be seriously injured, or killed.
Who is Liable in A Bus Accident?
After someone you or someone you love has been injured or taken from you in a bus accident, it’s only natural to want to hold someone accountable for your loss.
Liability in a wrongful death case always comes down to negligence the act of failing to exercise a reasonable amount of care. Parties who may be negligent in your case may include:
- Bus driver. In order to hold a bus driver accountable for the accident, you will have to prove that the driver was engaging in negligent behavior that led to the crash. Examples such as this would be : Texting, Talking on a phone, Speeding or failing to follow traffic laws, or driving under the influence of an illegal substance.
- The Bus Owner. the owner or operator of the Bus company or route may be held responsible for injuries caused in an accident if you were hit by a public bus, school bus, or a private coach.
- Bus maintenance company. If the bus has not been maintained properly-the bus may have broken down or malfunctioned due to faulty repairs. The maintenance company and the owner may both be held liable for damages.
- Manufacturer of the bus or the manufacturer of any malfunctioning parts. If there are defects in the bus’s steering, brakes, or tires, or another system failure caused the crash, you may be able to seek a product liability claim against the manufacturer of the part.
- Negligent third party. If there was negligence caused by another driver or a local government agency responsible for cleaning or maintaining the roadway.
Common Causes of Bus Crashes
Causes of bus wrecks due to company negligence include:
- Inadequate driver training
- Weight Distribution Uneven for Cargo Load
- Not performing required inspections
- Not keeping vehicles in good repair
- Pressuring drivers to work long hours
Bus Accident Injury Types
Just as in motor vehicle accidents, bus accidents can cause widespread injuries. These may include sprains, broken bones, brain injury, whiplash, bruising, concussions, lacerations, internal organ damage, bleeding, and even death. Unfortunately, due to the way that buses are constructed, they also tend to cause their own unique injuries. For example, their high center of gravity makes them more prone to rollovers, most do not feature seat belts or other safety restraints, and many require passengers to hold onto their possessions, creating the risk of projectiles during an abrupt stop. Thus, while the chances of an accident while in a bus are lower than while in other forms of transportation, the injuries one can sustain may be far worse than in a typical automobile accident.
Types Of Bus Crashes
SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENTS
Hearing of a school bus crash is always horrifying. Kids are tiny, and it’s easy to imagine precious children being thrown around or out of the bus when it has a violent impact with another car.
It is difficult to find statistics on school bus accidents since government statistics do not include interstate field trips or private school buses . Many school buses are not equipped with seat belts and for those who do they might leave the children in charge of securing their own seat belt properly. Because of this, if a school bus crashes or flips, children can and do get seriously injured or killed.
In some states, because the school bus provides seat belts which it leaves up to the kids to secure, the driver and the school board have no liability when a child is seriously injured or dies in an accident because the child did not secure the seat belt properly or put it on. In Kentucky, the doctrine of sovereign immunity limits claims against a county school board, but the bus driver can be held liable for vehicle collisions.
City Bus Accidents
Rush hour always brings with it packed city buses, with many passengers standing up and packed in close, without straps or anything else to hold onto. Nobody is wearing a seat belt, and occasionally a disturbed person boards the bus with a weapon. It’s surprising that more people are not injured on city buses.
A commercial city bus is also a common carrier and as such, the company has an obligatory duty to provide a safe environment to all its passengers. In some states- such as Kentucky, for example, the carrier has a responsibility to its passengers to perform a higher degree of care than does an operator of a private vehicle. This duty can be breached in many ways, and if an accident results from providing substandard care for the passenger’s safety, then the public transportation provider is liable, and perhaps other 3rd parties as well.
- Driver Error
- Driver Fatigue
- Tire blowout
- Mechanical failure
In addition- if a mentally disturbed person was allowed on the bus and the driver could have prevented it and it causes an accident or does something to endanger another passenger, the transit company may be held liable in some cases when the bus driver had reason to believe the passenger was a danger to others and allowed the passenger on the bus or remain on the bus.
Tour Bus Crashes
Tour buses are owned and operated by private companies and are considered common carriers. However, liability can be more complicated in these cases.
Multiple parties could be held liable for negligence if they hold any of the blame regarding the accident, including:
- the individual driver
- the company that contracted with the tour bus
- the tour bus company
- the tour company (if different from bus company)
- business owners at different stops or destinations on the tour
Greyhound Bus Accidents
Greyhound Serves more than 17.2 million passengers who travel 5.03 billion miles a year.
Recently, Greyhound has been in the spotlight for multiple accidents, many of them fatal.
Since they are a large truck and transport many people there’s a huge potential for injury. Passengers can be standing up, walking around, and using the bathroom in the back of the bus.
The major charter bus service provider may not be doing their due diligence to ensure the safety of their passengers and innocent bystanders.
Causes Of Greyhound Bus Accidents:
- Distracted or fatigued bus drivers— Some commercial drivers are forced to work longer shifts and get far less rest between shifts despite laws that regulate the length of shifts and rest required for the safe operation of commercial vehicles.
- Poorly maintained buses — When buses are not maintained or inspected for safety concerns regularly, there is an elevated risk that the vehicle’s critical components will fail, causing the driver to lose control of the bus or be unable to avoid a collision.
- Defective equipment — If a defective device or component caused the fatal bus accident, the bus company and the manufacturer might be required to compensate those who are harmed. The plaintiffs in an injured passenger lawsuit might include a victim of a bus accident, pedestrians, and drivers, and passengers in other vehicles.
What Compensation Can Be Recovered?
If you are a victim of a bus accident, your priority right now should be your health and recovery. Your accident-related medical expenses to pay for bus accident injuries you endured can quickly pile up causing undue stress on a person. Hiring a bus accident attorney like the knowledgeable bus accident lawyers at TruckAccidents.Law can help you get the compensation you need from an insurance company to cover expenses such as medical bills, rehabilitation, time lost from work, and any other costs that you might have encountered from the bus crash.
Payment for damages in a truck accident settlement can help take care of:
• Emergency room and hospital bills• Rehabilitative care
• Lost wages or the loss of earning capacity due to injuries
• Pain and suffering
The cost of being injured in a truck accident can lead to expenses that last several days to months or years past the initial incident. At Isaacs & Isaacs, We want to make sure that you are eligible for the full amount of compensation you are entitled to in order to provide some relief for the future. Our truck accident attorneys have secured successful verdicts and multi-million dollar settlements for our clients. We fight for the best possible outcome with every client’s case we have.bus
If you have been hit by a large bus, you should immediately contact an experienced law firm familiar with insurance law and federal trucking safety laws to make sure all bases are covered and all defendants who may have contributed to your injuries are identified and claims are made to see that you receive full compensation for your injuries and losses.
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A truck driver and trucking company that are negligent and cause a truck accident crash can be made to compensate you for all of your losses if they are found liable. This includes medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering damages, and payment for damages arising from emotional distress. If death results from the accident, then the family members of the deceased may file a lawsuit for wrongful death damages.
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