Buses provide an expedient way to get to work or school, but bus accidents do happen, and when they do, the fallout can be quite significant. Injuries from bus accidents can be catastrophic, largely due to the fact that bus passengers are seldom wearing seat belts and are riding in an open cabin that gives lots of room for them to be tossed around—or thrown from the bus’ multiple windows. If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a bus, you have a right to seek out compensation from whoever caused the accident. This is sometimes the bus operator and their employer, the owner of the bus, or a third-party vehicle operator. SMT Legal has a strong history of helping accident victims recoup their losses following devastating accidents, and our Westmoreland County bus accident attorney is standing ready to help you.
Causes of Bus Accidents
There are many things that may cause bus accidents. Some of the most common causes are:
- The bus driver becoming distracted
- The bus was not maintained to its highest standard by the entity that owns it
- The bus driver was under the influence of substances – including prescription drugs or illegal drugs or alcohol – which impaired their ability to drive safely
- The driver of the other vehicle was distracted or intoxicated
- Road hazards caused the accident
Determining Bus Accident Liability
Unfortunately, determining liability in a bus accident case isn’t always so easy. There might be many parties involved, depending on whether a private enterprise or local government owns the bus in question. Our Westmoreland County attorneys are both knowledgeable and experienced in handling bus accident liability claims. Our team is prepared to conduct a thorough investigation into the bus accident that injured you or your loved one so the at-fault party can be identified, and you can receive a fair and just settlement.
Compensation for Your Injuries
Don’t hesitate to receive a medical examination after you’ve been in a bus accident, even if you think you haven’t been hurt or your injuries are only minor. Only time can tell what type of physical issues your injuries will cause you down the road. Whiplash, for instance, can cause permanent nerve or neck problems.
It’s imperative that you file your claim as quickly as possible, as personal injury claims in the state of Pennsylvania do have a two-year statute of limitations. Our expert lawyers can offer you insight into your particular case as well as fight for you to receive a fair and just amount of damages for your accident.