Every morning, parents put their children on a school bus. Perhaps you board a local bus to go to work or do your shopping. Even if you do not use buses often, you probably drive in their vicinity daily. You have faith that those buses are in safe operating condition and that the drivers are well-trained and careful. However, if an accident occurs, it is possible your confidence was misplaced. While a third party, such as another motorist, may have caused the accident, it is also likely that the bus driver’s or bus company’s negligence resulted in the crash. Now, you or a family member must deal with serious injuries that could permanently impact your lives.
A dedicated Central bus accident attorney at Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers will conduct an investigation to determine responsibility for the collision and hold the negligent entities accountable. We protect your rights while fighting for you to get the maximum compensation you deserve. Hit Hard. Get Bart Bernard.™
Bus Accident Causes
As noted, driver error or poor maintenance are major contributors to bus accidents. Examples of the former include:
Bus companies are required to keep their vehicles well-maintained, but some companies may cut corners, with tragic results. However, other entities that may bear liability include the manufacturer, if the accident happened due to brake failure, tire blowout, or other mechanical systems issue.
If the accident occurred because the local government responsible for the roadway did not fix a broken traffic signal, or allowed debris to accumulate, that jurisdiction might prove liable.
Bus Accident Injuries
When a bus accident occurs, passengers within the vehicle are often thrown around like rag dolls due to the lack of safety restraints. They may hit the seats, walls, or other passengers, and belongings turn into projectiles. Buses are also more likely to roll over after an impact than other vehicles. The resulting injuries may include:
Some of these injuries may cause long-term impairment or incapacitation. The trauma from a bus accident may also result in PTSD or other emotional damage. Unfortunately, some passengers may succumb to their injuries.
Bus Accident Compensation
Compensation, or damages, for injured parties in a bus accident may include:
Contact Central Bus Accident Lawyers
Whether you or a loved one were a passenger on the bus, or a motorist, pedestrian, or cyclist struck by a bus, when a serious injury occurs, you need the expertise of a bus accident lawyer at Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers. Call Bart Bernard today to schedule a no-fee consultation to discuss your case and learn about your options. Time is of the essence when it comes to a bus accident investigation because Louisiana’s statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is only one year from the accident date. Be Smart. Get Bart.™