Riding a bus can be a convenient way to get from one point to another, but they are not always the safest mode of transportation. Things can turn ugly quickly for buses, and bus accidents are not uncommon. The high center of gravity of buses in general makes them subject to horrific accidents when the right conditions crop up. And because bus occupants are not always buckled into safety belts (many buses don’t even have them), bodies are often flung around the cabin’s interior or out one of the bus’ many windows. Because of this, sometimes bus accidents reveal the most devastating and catastrophic injuries. If you or a loved one has been involved in a bus accident, you need expert representation from an attorney who has experience representing accident victims. SMT Legal has that history—and our team of bus accident attorneys is standing ready to help you.
Who’s Responsible for Your Loss?
Determining who is responsible for your bus accident isn’t always cut and dry. Many parties may be involved depending on whether the bus in question belongs to a private enterprise or a city, county, or other government entity. Our team of Lawrence County attorneys are prepared to conduct a thorough investigation into the bus accident you or your loved one were involved in and determine just who, exactly, was at fault. In some instances, multiple parties may be at fault.
Possible Causes of Bus Accidents
There are a number of causes that may be responsible for bus accidents. Some of the most common include:
- The bus driver becomes distracted
- The bus driver is driving under the influence of prescription drugs that impair their physical or mental abilities
- The entity that owns the bus failed to maintain it to the highest standard
- The other vehicle involved in the crash had a distracted or intoxicated driver
- Road hazards – both with human and natural causes – are responsible for the accident
It’s absolutely vital that you receive a health examination right away if you’ve been in a bus accident, even if you think you have no injuries or your injuries are only minor. You never know what type of physical distress your injuries can cause you down the road.
You’ll also want to seek advice from a qualified bus accident attorney ASAP, or else you might lose the right to seek damages. Our experienced lawyers can advise you about your particular case and will do our best to ensure that you collect the fairest amount of damages you’re able to receive.