Questions About Bus Accidents
Who can be held liable for my bus accident injuries?
There are a variety of parties that may be held case:
- Bus driver
- Bus manufacturer
- Bus owner
- Bus operating company
If the driver of another vehicle caused the bus accident, that vehicle’s driver and owner may be held responsible as well. In situations where the bus is owned or operated by a governmental or municipal agency, special rules, including strict time limitations, must be followed in order to protect your rights. More answers to common bus accident questions follow.
What is a common carrier?
A common carrier refers to a class of vehicle that supplies transportation services to the general public in exchange for a fee. Buses, ferries, taxis, trains, and airplanes are all considered common carriers.
Common carrier vehicles face strict regulations from the state. A bus driver’s or bus company’s compliance or lack of compliance with these regulations may play an important role in your ability to receive compensation after a bus accident.
Are bus drivers held to a higher standard than drivers of passenger vehicles?
Yes. Since bus drivers operate a common carrier vehicle and are considered professional drivers, they are held to a very high standard of care in regard to the safety of their passengers. Therefore, your burden of proof is slightly different in a bus accident case. You do not have to prove that the bus accident was the driver’s fault. Instead, you just need to demonstrate that the driver could have avoided the accident if he were maintaining the high standards expected of a professional driver.
What damages can I recover in a bus accident claim?
You may be entitled to receive compensation for the following damages as part of your bus accident claim:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you suffer a long-term or permanent injury from the bus accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for lost future wages as well as for the cost of any ongoing care you may require.
What are the most common causes of bus accidents?
There are many factors that can contribute to a bus accident. Adverse weather conditions, poorly maintained roads, and defective or malfunctioning bus equipment are common causes of bus accidents. Other factors that may contribute to a bus accident include:
- Bus driver error
- Improper/inadequate bus driver training
- The bus was carrying more passengers and/or baggage than what is considered safe
- Bus driver fatigue
- Drug and alcohol use by the bus driver
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