How Are Bus Accidents Different From Other Traffic Accidents?
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Sean A. Koch with Law Office of Bruce A. Ralston.
Accidents involving commercial vehicles are a little bit different than those involving passenger vehicles when it comes to things like liability. Vehicles including big rigs, semi-trucks, and buses introduce a new trickiness in injury cases, but with the help of a personal injury attorney, you won’t have to worry.
When it comes to bus accidents specifically, there are going to be questions of liability. Some buses are privately owned, while others are owned by government bodies. The owner will determine the path your injury case takes. With privately owned buses, the process is going to be very similar to the process of filing an injury lawsuit against a regular, private driver. If the bus is government-owned, the process will be quite different. Issues relating to insurance and bureaucracy can delay your claim and make it less likely that you receive the due compensation for your injuries.
What should you do after a bus accident?
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, bus accidents cause between 11,000 and 15,000 injuries per year. Around 300 people die every year in bus crashes. Injuries can happen in a variety of ways, such as lack of safety restraints, inadequate driver training, improper bus maintenance, negligence, and more.
If you are involved in a bus accident that causes you harm, the most important call you can make is to a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney in your area. It is important to make the call as quickly as possible to ensure that evidence is preserved and your rights are maintained. Look for a bus accident law firm in your area that has represented dozens of bus accident victims and is prepared to help you get the compensation you deserve.