In 2018, 319 people were injured in large bus crashes in Louisiana. Of that number, 247 injuries were sustained by people traveling on the buses in question. Many of those injured ran up considerable medical bills and lost time from work while recuperating. For others, the accident was catastrophic or even fatal. Those seriously injured in a bus crash may suffer permanent impairment and find themselves unable to work – or even live independently – again.
A dedicated Jefferson bus accident attorney at Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers fights for your rights so that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. A thorough investigation determines which entities are responsible for the crash and holds them accountable. Bart Bernard’s promise is, “I’ll be you with every step of the way.™”
Bus Accident Injuries
Because buses are not equipped with the same type of restraint devices like cars, such as airbags and seat belts, bus passengers are exceedingly vulnerable in a collision. Bodies are shaken up, passengers’ belongings become projectiles, and chaos and confusion reign.
If a person is hit by the bus while in a smaller vehicle or while walking or cycling, the situation is usually more grave. A car offers little protection against a bus impact, while a pedestrian or cyclist has no protection whatsoever. Unfortunately, many of these victims die at the scene or later succumb to their injuries.
Common bus accident injuries include:
Bus Accident Liability
While driver error plays a major role in most bus accidents, various parties may prove liable for the crash. The bus company may not have maintained the vehicle properly, or a repair facility may have failed to fix an issue correctly. If a mechanical defect caused the crash, the manufacturer might be held responsible. In some cases, the lack of roadway maintenance means the local government bears liability for the accident.
Every aspect of the accident is investigated through police reports, surveillance video, eyewitness interviews, bus company history, and other data.
Statute of Limitations
After the trauma of a serious bus injury, some people may want to wait before seeking legal counsel. Because of Louisiana’s unusually short statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit, that is not advisable. If you do not file your personal injury lawsuit within one year of the accident date, or a wrongful death lawsuit is not filed within one year of the death date, the case cannot proceed in court. If a local government owns or operates the bus, the time limit for filing a claim is just six months. The bottom line is that an investigation must start as soon as possible.
Contact Jefferson Bus Accident Lawyers
Have you sustained serious injuries in a bus crash? An experienced bus accident lawyer at Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers will protect your rights and pursue justice on your behalf. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a free, confidential consultation. Since we work on a contingency basis, there is never a fee unless we win. You’re Smart. Get Bart.™