Opelousas Bus Accident Lawyer

What started as a normal trip on a city bus to the grocery store has turned into a nightmare. After the accident, you could be dealing with severe injuries and the inability to work. Your bills are piling up, and while you try to recuperate, you worry about how you will pay your rent and feed your family.

An Opelousas bus accident attorney at Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

Bus accident liability

Unlike most auto accidents, there are often several entities which may prove liable, and they include:

  • Bus driver– Accidents may occur because the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, fatigued, distracted, or did not have proper training.
  • Other negligent motorists
  • Bus company– Companies are supposed to keep vehicles safe and well-maintained. Some companies fail to do this, and may cut corners.
  • Bus and equipment manufacturer– Accidents may happen due to defects in the bus itself or its equipment. For example, tire blowouts are common in buses and may result from defective tires. Brake failures are another frequent culprit.
  • Government agencies– Many buses are owned and operated by public agencies such as school districts or municipalities. In such instances, claims require filing within six months of the accident. Local governments are also responsible for maintaining roadways in their jurisdiction in a safe manner. Local attorneys are familiar with the laws of these jurisdictions.

Even if the bus is not owned and operated by a government agency, under Louisiana’s statute of limitations, there is just one year from the date of the accident in which to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Bus accident injuries

Bus accident injuries are often catastrophic, especially for pedestrians or cyclists hit by the vehicle. In these instances, if the victim survives the accident, they may endure permanent physical, mental, or neurological impairment.

Because buses are seldom equipped with seat belts or any other type of restraint, passengers are also subject to severe injuries, such as:

  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Whiplash
  • Internal organ damage
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Common Carrier Doctrine of Louisiana

Under the state’s Common Carrier Doctrine, bus drivers and others involved in public transportation must take “reasonable care” and not engage in unnecessary risks while working . These common carriers are held to a very high standard, as the public must trust these operators to safely transport them to their destination.

Contact the Bart Bernard team of Opelousas bus accident lawyers

If you have experienced significant injuries in an accident, a dedicated bus accident lawyer can help. Because of the exceptionally short statute of limitations, obtaining prompt legal advice is critical. Schedule a free consultation by calling us 24/7 or using our online contact form. If we do not recover a settlement or verdict in your case, there is no fee.

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