Buses transport millions of Americans all over the country each year. While the majority of buses reach their destinations without incident, there are some buses that get into accidents. Unlike accidents involving other cars, bus accidents involve much higher forces and weights. The incidences or injuries and deaths from these types of accidents are much higher than regular car accidents.
Bus accidents can be the result of variety of causes. Bad weather, poor vision conditions, excessive speed, driver error or fatigue, and , improper maintenance are all common factors. Like subways and trains, buses are considered common carriers. As such, they are held to a heightened liability standard. If you are injured because of the negligence of a bus operator, the company may be liable for your injuries.
The personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess in Lake Charles are experienced at representing individuals injured in transportation accidents involving all kinds of buses and bus companies. If you have been involved in a bus accident, we have the skills, expertise and resources to handle your case.
Types of Bus Accidents We Handle
- Bus rollover
- Pedestrian struck by bus
- Bus collisions with other motor vehicles
- Improper turning
- Equipment failure or manufacturing defect in the bus
- Operator error
- Fatigue causing bus accident
- Distracted bus driver (cell phones and text messaging)
Causes of Bus Accidents
Bus accidents result from poor weather conditions, operator error, failure to maintain the bus and defective design. Of these reasons, the majority result from operator error and failure to maintain buses.
Bus companies have a duty to ensure drivers are properly trained and know how to properly handle the equipment. Bus companies have a responsibility to make sure their drivers are properly rested and are not fatigued from excessive hours on the road. Bus companies have a further obligation to properly maintain vehicles and document the maintenance work.
Drivers have a responsibility to keep their attention on the road and follow safety guidelines, even if they get behind schedule. They have a responsibility not to engage in distracting activities, such as talking on cell phones and texting while driving. Failure of bus companies and individual drivers to carry out these responsibilities is negligence on behalf of the bus company. Accidents like these happen all of the time in the Lake Charles area.
Injuries and Damages
When a bus overturns on a highway or collides with another vehicle, it is likely that there will be wrongful death or personal injuries. These injuries may include head trauma, lacerations, broken bones and internal injuries. These injuries may prevent passengers from returning to work, in some cases for several months or years. Passengers may also suffer debilitating emotional trauma.
An experienced bus accident lawyer can file a claim on behalf of you or your family for wrongful death or personal injuries. In injury cases, you may be entitled to damages for lost wages, pain and suffering and punitive damages. In wrongful death cases, you may be entitled to loss of income, loss of companionship, loss of support and punitive damages.
Bus and motor coach companies, maintenance companies and design and engineering firms and others may be liable. Bus companies typically have insurance policies which are capable of compensating bus accident victims.
What To Do If You’ve Been Injured in a Bus Accident
First, seek appropriate medical treatment. Then, contact an experienced Lake Charles bus accident lawyer who can preserve your rights. All accident cases are governed by the Statute of Limitations, and when municipal carriers are involved, there is likely a shorter period for the required statutory notice.
In bus accident cases, it is important to preserve evidence while it is still fresh and to stay informed about what evidence has been gathered by local, state and federal authorities. An experienced bus accident lawyer will promptly contact officials and launch his or her own investigation.
The Lake Charles bus accident lawyers at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess have the experience, expertise and resources to obtain the best results for you. If you have been injured in a bus accident, please call us today for a free consultation. We can be reached at 337-214-8479 or use our online form.