Bus accidents may not be as common as traffic collisions involving passenger vehicles, but they can and do happen, often with devastating results and serious injuries to numerous victims. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bus accident as either a bus passenger or as another party, the unique facts of your case will determine who you may be able to hold accountable for causing your injuries and how you can pursue a full and fair recovery of your damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages, among other losses.
At Stern Law Group, our Houston accident attorneys have helped over 40,000 victims successfully navigate their personal injury cases, including many who were harmed in accidents involving buses. We understand the unique issues involved in bus accident cases, who can be held liable, and how to best approach securing the recovery victims deserve.
To help you better understand the basics of bus accidents and who you may be able to hold accountable, we have compiled some common situations below. Remember that personal injury cases require you to prove that some other party’s negligent conduct caused you harm, so in any situation, establishing fault and liability is always a focus.
- Another party caused the crash – Some bus accidents are caused by the negligence of other drivers, especially when it comes to motorists who fail to obey traffic laws regarding buses, or commit negligent actions such as speeding, failing to yield, driving while intoxicated, or trying to overtake a slower bus. When another driver can be held at fault for causing your crash, you will likely need to pursue compensation from that driver’s insurance company. Our legal team can determine the best approach to doing this, as well as determining if any other parties might have played a role in contributing to the crash, as it can help secure the full amount of compensation you deserve. This approach also applies to cases where bus accidents may be caused by the negligence or failures of product manufacturers who make unsafe auto parts that lead to mechanical malfunction and collisions.
- Commercial buses – Charter buses and other commercial carriers have a legal duty to take reasonable steps in ensuring the safety of passengers. They also have an obligation to comply with many safety regulations. When drivers or bus companies fail in this duty or commit safety violations, victims have the right to hold them accountable for their losses. Accidents involving commercial buses often result in the bus company being held liable for damages, and these bus companies must have insurance policies that meet federal minimum limits.
- Government owned buses – Many buses on our roadways are owned and operated by government agencies, including local cities and school districts. When drivers of these buses or the operators responsible for bus safety and their drivers are determined to be at fault, there can be some unique challenges to holding government agencies accountable. This is because there are different laws and procedures involved in claims filed against the government. However, victims still have a right to pursue financial compensation when it can be shown that a driver or bus operator failed in some way to keep passengers safe, and our firm has the experience to handle these challenging cases.
At Stern Law Group, we leverage decades of combined experience to conduct thorough investigations into bus accidents and determine who can be held accountable for our clients’ losses. When you place your trust in award-winning legal team, you can be confident that we will explore all available options for liability and fight for the maximum compensation possible. Let us help you pursue the compensation you rightfully deserve.
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