Bus crashes are infrequent, but when they happen, they can be quite devastating, leading to serious injuries and fatalities for both passengers on the bus and those in any other vehicles involved in the crash. Buses are hard to maneuver and operators have several blind spots to contend with while they are on the road, largely due to the bus’ boxy shape and massive size. The heavy weight of buses allows them to hit cars and other objects with extreme force, inflicting significant damage. And inside the cabin of a bus, passengers have little protection from being thrown and tossed about or even thrown from the bus’ multiple windows during a crash situation. If you or a loved one have been injured in a bus accident, contact the Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman to discuss your case with our Davie us accident attorney.
Bus Accident Statistics
The number of bus crashes across the country rose almost one-third from 2009 to 2016 according to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Of the 15,000 reported bus crashes in the United States in 2016, roughly 35,000 people were injured. The bulk of injuries and fatalities associated with bus accidents involved not the passengers riding on the bus, but those in other vehicles involved in the crash. In fact, 65 percent of all deaths due to injuries sustained in bus accidents were from occupants in other vehicles.
Liability for Bus Accident Injuries
When you entrust your safety to the operator of a bus, you have every reason to believe you’ll get where you’re going without experiencing harm. Getting compensation for your injuries entails assigning blame and filing a bus accident claim. Liability in bus accidents may fall on one or more parties, depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, including:
- The bus operator who acted negligently or recklessly
- The owner of the bus, even if that owner is the government
- The maintenance company responsible for bus
- The manufacturer of the bus or parts used on the bus
- Other drivers on the road
- The entity responsible for road maintenance and making streets safe for traffic
Sovereign Immunity in Bus Accidents
In Florida, bus accident claims involving buses that are operated by a government entity, including the city or a school, face stricter guidelines than those involving privately owned buses like tour buses or shuttle buses. For instance, the statute of limitations may be shorter than the normal two-year period for personal injury claims. Additionally, because the law protects the government under the principle of sovereign immunity, if your claim is for more than $200K, you may need to recover damages from more than one party to be made fully whole again.
Consulting With a Davie Bus Accident Attorney
Some of the most horrific accidents are those involving buses. Victims often experience injuries that they must deal with for the rest of their lives. Serious representation is required in order to receive the maximum damages to which you are entitled. Contact the Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman and our Davie bus accident attorney to get started on your claim today.