Buses provide transportation for thousands of people every day. They travel many miles, making numerous stops in heavy city traffic and out on the highway. Because of their size and design, buses cannot always stop or move out of the way fast enough to avoid an accident. When an accident occurs with a bus, the incident often involves serious injuries, which can be fatal.
If you’ve been involved in a collision with a bus, you need strong representation from a personal injury attorney who is experienced in bus accidents. They can fight on your behalf to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
As public or private transport, buses are often linked to a company or organization. They may be part of a city or county transportation agency, a school district or a private bus company. These organizations have a team of lawyers working with them when an accident happens. You don’t want to take on these big companies and organizations alone with the hope that they will treat you fairly. An attorney who works on your behalf is working for your best interest.
When Bus Accidents Happen
When a bus is involved in a collision, it can be a complicated situation. Many people are involved. and often multiple vehicles collide as part of a chain reaction. An accident can happen because the driver pulled back out into traffic and didn’t see the vehicle or person in their blind spot or because they switched lanes without checking for traffic.
Bad weather can cause treacherous road conditions which impact bus drivers as well. In these situations, it must be determined if the bus driver used the most care to avoid an accident or if they were careless. Being negligent may mean driving at a speed too high for the road conditions or not paying attention to road signs or traffic.
If it is determined that the bus driver caused the accident, liability must be established. While the driver may be liable, the bus company may also be held responsible. Many times, the bus or transit company is liable for the actions of the driver while they are working. However, it can be difficult to prove and fight on your own.
When you hire a law firm to represent you in this claim, the legal team will work to gather evidence to support your case. They can interview witnesses, review documents and look at other information that will build a strong case. They can also determine how much compensation should be awarded based on medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering from your injuries. It’s best to talk to an attorney early on in the claim to expedite the process and ensure that justice is served.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bus accident, you can contact Weiser & Associates for a free consultation about your claim. Call 888-254-4697 or email [email protected] to schedule an appointment.