Statistically, buses are one of the safest forms of ground transportation. But when they do crash, they bring all of their massive size and weight to bear on the person or vehicle they hit, causing very serious injuries or death. When bus accidents injure the people on board, the injuries can be worse than car accident injuries, because buses very rarely contain seat belts or other restraints.
There are about 9,000 bus accidents each year in the United States and around 12,000 people are injured and 330 people are killed every year in bus accidents in the United States. The number of people injured in bus accidents has steadily increased for the past several decades. Unsurprisingly, there have also been more and more buses on the road each year.
When choosing a lawyer, it is critical that you hire an experienced Florida Bus Accident Lawyer. You should be comfortable with your lawyer's experience handling Florida Bus Accident Personal Injury Cases. in which you have been involved. Contact an Experienced Florida Bus Accident Lawyer.
Florida Bus Accident Liability
Buses are considered common carriers, which means bus drivers and bus companies owe their passengers a greater duty of care in protecting them from harm. It also means that many of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations will apply to buses.
Bus drivers are to be considered professional drivers. Driving a bus requires special training. The buses must also be checked regularly to ensure they are operating safely. Bus crashes are usually due to the bus driver violating the rules of the road, fatigue, driving too many hours, cell phone use, the use of drugs and alcohol, inattentive driving, inadequate training, improper inspection of the bus, unsafe equipment, or tire tread separation. A detailed investigation by an experienced investigator and trucking lawyer will reveal the truth behind the cause of the crash.
As many bus accidents involve governmental entities that own or control the bus, it is important to contact an experienced bus accident lawyer that has experience handling the municipality notice requirements, governmental bureaucracy, the law, and the rules and regulations governing Florida bus accident claims and Florida bus accident lawsuits.
When choosing a lawyer, it is critical that you hire an experienced Florida Bus Accident Lawyer. You should be comfortable with your lawyer's experience handling Florida Bus Accident Personal Injury Cases. Contact an Experienced Florida Bus Accident Lawyer.
Types of Florida Buses
Our office handles cases against the following types of Florida bus accidents:
Florida School Bus Injury Accident
There are many reasons that a school bus may be involved in an accident, such as:
• Lack of security on the bus to safeguard children
• Damaged or improperly placed traffic signs
• Dangerous or faulty roads
• Defective bus parts or a defectively maintained bus
• Negligence on part of other motor vehicle drivers
• Poor weather conditions
• Negligence on the part of the driver in their operation of the bus
Children who ride the bus are not the only kids who are at risk for school bus accidents. Children who happen to be in the vicinity of a school bus may be struck, run over, or dragged by the bus. School bus zones are unfortuantely a place in which may of such incidents occur.
Like other motor vehicles, school buses are also plagued with defects and other hazards that pose a threat of serious physical injury. Such defects can be found in the operation of the vehicle (ie. defective steering mechanism) or in the functionality of the vehicle (ie. defective seats).
In the event of an school bus accident involving your child, if your child says that they feel fine, and they do not have any visible or noticeable injuries, you should take your child to a physician immediately following a school bus related accident. Some injuries may only be discovered after certain exams have been performed; and if you decide to pursue a claim against the bus company, the medical exam will be very helpful in documenting your child's injuries and issues.
As a common carrier, bus companies are tasked with the responsibility to provide all bus riders with the "utmost duty of care." In the unfortunate event of an accident in which the carrier did not meet safety regulations, the company is liable or responsible for the injuries that occurred. If your child suffered injuries in a school bus accident, you may be able to file a claim against the bus company to recover monetary compensation for your child's injuries, medical bills and pain & suffering.
Contact an Experienced Florida Bus Accident Attorney. The personal injury attorneys here at the Law Offices of Lewis & Williams offer a free consultation. For more information call us today at 561-444-2260.