According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 67,000 crashes involved buses in a recent year—more than 183 bus accidents every day, causing untold property damage and suffering to victims throughout the United States. If there’s a silver lining, the law entitles many bus accident victims to compensation for accident-related losses, including medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, property damage, and lost quality of life. If you were injured in a bus accident, speak to an attorney as soon as you possibly can.
For 20 years, the team of experienced personal injury attorneys and legal professionals at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, has represented the rights of bus accident victims and helped them recover compensation for their losses. We understand the unique legal issues that arise in accidents involving school buses, charter buses, and buses operated by government entities. We know how to get our clients the compensation they deserve and are not intimidated by large insurance companies who only care about their bottom line.
If you were in a bus accident, please do not wait to contact our office to learn how we can help you. With our no-recovery, no-fee guarantee, we don’t get paid unless you get paid. Our intake department is available for your free consultation, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at (800) 898-4877, or you may contact us now by CLICKING HERE.
Bus Accidents Can Cause Extremely Serious Injuries
When buses are involved in traffic accidents, people can sustain extremely serious injuries. Many buses are not equipped with seatbelts or other safety features found in many modern cars, which means that bus passengers can sustain severe injuries when the buses in which they ride are involved in accidents.
In addition, buses are much larger and weigh much more than most other vehicles, and the force with which they can strike other vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and others using the road can result in catastrophic injuries and property damage. For this reason, many bus accident cases involve settlements or awards well into the six and seven-figure ranges—meaning insurance companies often vigorously contest them.
Remember, when more money is at stake, the more incentive insurance companies and others who could potentially face liability are to fight a case, so it is imperative for people injured in bus accidents to retain qualified legal counsel that can effectively fight against experienced bus accident defense attorneys.
People who can potentially recover compensation after a bus accident include:
- Bus passengers
- Other motorists
- Property owners
Common injuries that people can sustain in serious bus accidents include:
Traumatic brain injuries – Traumatic brain injuries can take place in accidents where a person’s head strikes another object or jolts backward and forward with force sufficient to cause the brain to hit the inside of the skull. Even mild traumatic brain injuries like concussions are capable of causing debilitating symptoms that can last for weeks, months, or even years. These symptoms can include dizziness, nausea, difficulty concentrating, depression, problems sleeping, and other issues that can prevent people from working, going to school, or engaging in everyday activities that they enjoyed before their accidents. In more serious cases, TBI victims can develop long-term cognitive or physical problems that require around-the-clock medical care or mobility aids. In the most severe TBIs, victims can go into persistent vegetative states that can last for the rest of their lives.
Spinal cord injuries – The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down the back to the pelvis. Its function is to transmit nerve signals between the brain and the rest of the body, controlling movement and sensation. A damaged spinal cord can result in numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, or even paralysis. An accident that completely severs the spinal cord or damages it to an extent that the brain cannot communicate with the rest of the body can cause complete paralysis below the injury site. There is no accepted medical treatment for spinal cord injuries that restores function to people who have suffered paralysis as a result of spinal cord injuries.
Broken bones – The forces involved in bus accidents often break the bones of passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, and occupants of other vehicles. Accidents can throw bus passengers against the interior of the bus or even through windows or windshields. Buses accidents can smash other vehicles, often exposing those occupants to extreme forces that can easily crush bones and cause other serious injuries. Broken bones are often extremely painful and take months to fully heal. In some cases, they may require surgeries to correct and can even leave victims with permanent complications like unsightly scars and disfigurement.
Burns – Some bus accidents result in fires or explosions that result in serious burn injuries. Burns are among the most painful injuries that individuals can sustain and often require treatments in highly specialized burn units for weeks or even months. In some cases, victims may need to go through several rounds of extremely painful skin graft surgeries—and even then, accidents can leave them with significant scars that will last for the rest of their lives. people can sustain these and other injuries in serious bus accidents and may result in significant economic and non-economic losses.
Bus accident victims should only accept a settlement that will compensate them for their future losses in addition to the losses they have already sustained. For example, paralyzed spinal cord injury victims should recover compensation not only for the medical care they have already received but also for the medical care they will require in the future—which typically means for the rest of their lives. The same holds true for future lost income, future pain and suffering, and any other ongoing losses.
Victims may establish these future losses through the use of independent actuaries who can estimate what their injuries will cost during the course of their lifetimes. The team of lawyers and legal professionals at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, has an established network of actuaries, economists, and other professionals we work with to ensure that our clients obtain the compensation to which they are entitled.
Public Bus Accidents
Millions of people ride public buses each day, typically without incident. Unfortunately, those that do fall victims to an accident can sustain extremely serious injuries on city and regional buses. In most cases, these vehicles are not equipped with seatbelts, and many riders on overcrowded buses stand while holding onto railings or fabric straps. A collision can throw riders against the hard interior surfaces of the bus, into each other, or even completely eject them from the bus.
From the perspective of other motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists, city buses pose significant injury risks. They are much bigger than most other vehicles and often operate in urban areas on narrow streets and around significant amounts of other traffic. In addition, city bus drivers are susceptible to driver fatigue—they often work long hours and may need to drive the same route several times during the same shift. When buses hit other vehicles, they can cause significant property damage and bodily injuries.
Because city or state agencies operate many public buses, a special set of laws may govern legal claims arising from public bus accidents. Because governments, their subdivisions and agencies are immune from lawsuits under traditional legal rules, special laws (typically called tort claims acts) must authorize these claims. Typically, these statutes or analogous laws or regulations place significant limits on how much time victims have to file claims and how much compensation they can ultimately recover. For this reason, people injured in public bus accidents should immediately contact an attorney with experience making claims against the so as to avoid any legal issues with this sensitive case type.
Greyhound Bus Accidents
Private companies like Greyhound and Megabus offer consumers relatively cheap ways to get from city to city. Despite taking much longer
to reach their destinations than other forms of transportation, Bus trips, often cost a fraction of other types of travel, which makes taking the bus an attractive option for many people. These buses, often referred to as motor coaches, pose many of the same risks as other types of buses. Motorcoach passengers can sustain serious injuries in accidents, and other motorists often sustain extremely serious injuries when motor coaches collide with them.
Because Greyhound and similar companies are in the business of transporting passengers along regular routes for set rates, they are considered common carriers under the law. As a result, most jurisdictions require them to exercise the highest degree of care for the safety of their passengers. This means that the passengers that are injured in Greyhound bus accidents are typically entitled to compensation for any losses they experience as a result of the accident. That said, victims should retain an attorney to ensure that any settlement they’re offered by the insurance company adequately compensates them for all of their losses.
School Bus Accidents
Millions of children ride a school bus to and from school on a daily basis. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), school buses are the safest vehicles on the road, and children are significantly safer taking a bus to school than they are traveling by car. Nonetheless, school bus accidents injure a significant number of people each year. Kids in school bus accidents can sustain serious injuries that may damage them for the rest of their lives, including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and serious soft tissue injuries that result in permanent scars and disfigurement.
Likewise, motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians whom school bus accidents hurt can sustain serious injuries that result in significant medical expenses and other compensable losses.
In cases where a public school district operates a school bus, the rules regarding claims against public entities mentioned above will likely apply. Victims, therefore, must hire an attorney with experience in bringing claims against public schools as soon as they possibly can, because even a slight delay could result in you forfeiting your right to recover compensation. Cases involving privately operated school buses typically proceed just like any other personal injury case involving private parties. Victims, however, must also act quickly in these, too, because waiting to start your claim can result in the loss or destruction of evidence critical to your case.
Call Us Today to Speak With an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney
If you were hurt in an accident involving a bus, speak to an attorney as soon as you can. The nationally recognized team of bus accident lawyers and legal professionals at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, understands how seriously these accidents can damage victims. We have protected the rights of injured victims of bus accidents for more than 20 years. We do everything we can to ensure that our clients obtain the compensation to which they are entitled.
If a bus accident injured you, call our office right now for your free consultation! Because we take all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, you will not owe us a DIME unless we win your case. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so call us today at 800-898-4877, or contact us now by CLICKING HERE.
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