People rely on buses to take them to where they need to go. There are numerous bus companies that run bus lines all over the country. There are numerous reports of bus accidents across the country each year. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported that over 20,000 people were injured and another 254 were killed nationwide in bus accidents. Since passengers on a bus are not protected by the safety measures present in a car and cars that collide with buses are not able to withstand the impact, thousands are injured and killed every year due to buses.
Buses Hurt Innocent Victims
The most common reasons bus accidents occur are:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver incompetence
- Aggressive driver; and
- Poor bus maintenance
In addition to the above causes, statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that bus drivers have limited visibility on their right side as buses often collide with other vehicles on that side.
Depending on the accident, a bus can cause someone to have a minor bump or bruise or have a more serious injury such as broken bones. Other injuries can include, but are not limited to, minor scrapes, whiplash, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and paralysis. While some injuries may appear to be minor at first, it is imperative for victims of bus accidents to visit the hospital to make sure that no injury is or will become life-threatening or life altering.
Contacting a Bus Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured by a bus accident, then you should consult with a personal injury attorney. An experienced and skilled attorney will protect you from inadequate settlement offers and ensure that you are fully compensated for your injuries. From contacting insurance companies to investigating the accident, an advocate will be your best chance in recovering the costs associated with your injury. Along with reimbursement for medical costs, attorneys have been known to recover lost wages, emotional pain and suffering, costs associated with scarring and disfigurement and nursing home care. In cases of recklessness or willful neglect, punitive damages can also be sought.
The attorneys at The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP can provide the experience you need to help you with your bus accident case. You can reach our firm at 1-800-624-8888 or submit an InjuryLawyer.com free online case evaluation. The initial consultation is FREE of charge. We work on a contingency fee basis. Meaning, if we agree to handle your case, there are no legal fees unless we are successful in getting you money.
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