Riding on a bus is an economical and somewhat eco-friendly way to get around. And when you board a bus, you have a reasonable expectation that you will arrive at your destination safely. Still, bus accidents happen, albeit not with the same frequency of passenger vehicle accidents. Fatigued bus operators, drivers driving impaired or distracted or pure human error can all result in devastating crashes that leave passengers, drivers, others on the road, and even pedestrians with serious injuries. Nonetheless, bus accidents tend to have a higher and more severe rate of injury, due to the fact that passengers can be tossed around inside the bus’ cabin and even ejected from windows. For cars colliding with a bus, injuries are even greater still, since buses are massive in size and can hit with a lot of force.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bus accident, you need to consult with our Pembroke Pines bus accident attorneys at the Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman, PA right away. Florida has strict statutes of limitation for personal injury claims, so getting your claim filed before time runs out is of the utmost importance.
Common Injuries in Bus Accidents
Buses are generally not equipped to restrain passengers when accidents occur, which is one reason that riders end up with serious injuries if a bus collides with another vehicle or object or even experiences a turnover or rollover. Burns, lacerations, and broken bones are common. Brain and spinal cord injuries, paralysis and whiplash are likewise seen in great numbers. It is not uncommon for serious bus accident injuries to require multiple surgeries during treatment in order for the victim to regain reasonable functioning. In worst case scenarios, the injuries sustained cause the victim’s death, and the only recourse for families is to file a wrongful death claim.
Liability in Bus Accident Claims
There are several potential liable parties in most bus accident claims. The operator of the bus is generally to blame, but not always. Sometimes the driver is partially to blame, and sometimes the owner of the bus, whether that’s the local or state government or a private bus line, is assigned part of the liability in the claim. The company that oversees the bus’ maintenance or the manufactured the bus or its parts may be liable for the accident. If road conditions caused the accident, then the municipality that is responsible for maintaining the road on which the bus crashed may be found to be liable. And finally, a negligent third party, such as another vehicle on the road, may be held liable.
The at-fault party in your accident will have attorneys working hard to minimize the financial payout that you receive. For this reason, as soon as possible following your accident, contact our Pembroke Pines bus attorney at the Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman, PA. We will review the merits of your case and determine the best strategy for filing a successful claim and getting you the damages to which you are entitled.