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BUS ACCIDENTS - Qualified and Experienced Bus Accident Lawyers Make a Difference.

As the population explodes and urban sprawl widens, people frequently choose buses to get to work or school, travel with a tour group or take a trip. The Transportation Services Index from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics shows an ever-rising year-to-year increase in common carrier passenger travel. Bus transportation includes school buses, charter buses, commuter and metro buses and commercial common carriers such as Greyhound, Capitol Trailways, Peter Pan Bus Lines and others. There are about four thousand American bus companies serving millions of bus travelers.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is the federal agency that investigates major transportation accidents. In April of 2009 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was cited by the board for not implementing a ten-year-old set of board recommendations intended to improve bus safety. There are more than a hundred fatalities each year involving school buses and even more involving city and highway buses. Thousands more are injured or maimed. Older school and commercial buses that are not equipped with seatbelts and other safety equipment can increase the risk of injury or death.

Bus accident victims include bus passengers, passengers in other vehicles involved in a bus-related collision and pedestrians or bicyclists impacted by a bus accident. Causes of bus accidents may include:

  • Drivers with inadequate training or experience
  • Driver fatigue, negligence or criminal behavior 
  • Improper bus maintenance, including the use of illegal replacement parts 
  • Bus overload 
  • Faulty, missing or illegal safety equipment 
  • Adverse road conditions 
  • Bus company negligence or ineffective oversight 
  • Foreign made buses that do not meet USA bus construction mandates

One of the most dangerous bus accidents is the rollover. Buses with uncontrolled movement can flip over and eject its passengers resulting in severe, often catastrophic, consequences. A bus accident lawyer with intimate knowledge of the bus industry, state and federal transportation laws and bus safety protocol can help victims confront those responsible for bus accident injuries.

Injuries to bus accident passengers may include: 

  • Whiplash 
  • Broken bones and fractures 
  • Head, neck or back trauma 
  • Loss of limbs
  • A spinal cord injury
  • A traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Disfigurement
  • Burns 
  • Soft tissue trauma or internal bleeding 
  • Paralysis 
  • Devastation of quality of life
  • The death of a loved one

An injured victim is in danger of waiving all legal rights if he or she does not seek medical attention and file a timely claim.

Representation by a personal injury lawyer who specializes in bus accidents can protect injured claimants from further harm at the hands of opposing parties. Bus accident litigation is complex, but the right bus accident attorney can shepherd victims through the process and help them win compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, disruption of earnings and other losses.

If you have been injured in a bus accident, or a loved one has been lost, use our free evaluation form to learn your rights. A knowledgeable and experienced attorney will contact you. Being involved in a bus accident can be life altering, and the sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help initiate the recovery you deserve. 

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