Bus accidents are a fact of life on our roads.
Based on government statistics, thousands of buses get into collisions every year, many of which lead to a loss of life.
If you have been hit by a bus, or if you were injured as a passenger on a bus, then you might be able to receive compensation.
Because these are complicated cases, you should have a passionate lawyer in your corner.
Contact VanDerGinst Law today for a free consultation.
Parties Responsible for a Bus Accident
Different parties could be responsible for an accident involving a bus, including:
- A negligent bus driver
- The busing company
- The manufacturer of the bus or manufacturer of a component part
- Other drivers on the road
- Government agencies, if a public bus was involved in the crash
For example, you might have been hurt while riding on a bus that got into a collision.
In this type of accident, it isn’t always apparent who was responsible—your bus driver, who could have made a critical driving error, the manufacturer of the faulty part that caused the crash, another motorist on the road who struck your bus or cut it off leading to a crash, the list goes on.
Rather than try to figure out who is to blame at the scene, get as much information as you can, such as the name of any drivers involved and their contact information.
Your lawyer and the insurance companies can argue about liability.
Causes of Bus Accidents
Driver error is one of the leading causes of bus accidents.
Drivers can make many mistakes when behind the wheel, such as:
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Cutting another vehicle off
- Distracted driving
- Driving while impaired
- Drowsy driving
Other accidents stem from problems with the road or a part on the bus that malfunctions, such as the brakes.
When a bus is poorly maintained, then accidents can happen as well.
Fault and Bus Accidents
The party at fault for the accident will pay out compensation to you for your injuries.
The at-fault party could be:
- A bus driver who was negligent. You can make a claim on the bus company’s insurance policy.
- Another motorist who was negligent. You would make a claim with that driver’s insurance company.
- The bus manufacturer made a defective part. The company will pay out compensation.
If the government was to blame for the crash, then you face unique challenges bringing a claim for compensation.
You should work closely with an attorney who understands the relevant law and who can make a claim while meeting all deadlines.
Why You Need VanDerGinst Law Representing You
Bus companies are large corporations with a desire to pay out as little in claims as possible.
They also have high-powered law firms looking out for their interests.
If you were injured in a bus accident, you need someone who has only your best interests at heart. Contact VanDerGinst Law today.
We are experienced personal injury attorneys who can build a case for compensation, but you need to contact us first.
We offer a free initial consultation, which you can use to ask any question you want.
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