Public bus transportation has long been a standard of travel for commuters everywhere. Both school buses and public transit buses transport people on their daily paths from home to school or work and back again. Some see public transportation as a catalyst for reducing the overall number of cars on the road, which also might reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, bus accidents may affect bus occupants, drivers and passengers in other cars, and more. Whatever your status (bus occupant, other driver, pedestrian, etc.) contact a bus accident lawyer in Bristol for legal representation.
School Bus Accidents
Every day, trusting parents place their little ones on the school bus without a second thought. The risks of motor travel are rarely associated with school buses, and most children attend school every day without incident.
In its 2012 School-Transportation-Related Crashes report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defined school bus accidents as “[a] crash that involves, either directly or indirectly, a school bus body vehicle, or a non-school bus functioning as a school bus, transporting children to or from school or school-related activities.” The NHTSA determined that only 0.35 percent of accidents were classified as school-transportation related since 2003. Specifically, 348,253 fatal automobile accidents occurred since 2003, and 1,222 of those accidents involved school buses.
Parents of children injured in school bus accidents can talk to a lawyer in Bristol about their legal options to recover damages. This may include filing a claim against the government if it was a public school bus or against the bus operating company or school if it was a privately owned school bus.
Public Transit Bus Accidents
Commercial buses are viewed in a similar light to school buses – a safe alternative mode of transportation. In urban areas especially, daily commutes can be made entirely via public transit buses, decreasing the number of cars on the road and allowing commuters to relax and allow the bus operator to get them to where they need to be safely.
But in the event of a bus accident, an attorney in Bristol can help injured parties explore which parties may be liable. Similar to school bus accidents, liability could lie with the government responsible for the operation of a public bus system. It also might include a private company if the bus was privately owned.
Could other parties be liable for Bristol bus accidents?
Your lawyer can explore the circumstances of the accident to determine whether another party, aside from one responsible for the bus’s operation, might be liable. This could include another driver if he or she caused the accident with a bus. In other cases, it might include the bus manufacturer or a part manufacturer if a mechanical defect caused the accident. A mechanic might be liable in some cases as well if poor repairs or maintenance led to the accident.
Of course, you also may recover compensation from your no-fault medical benefits coverage. If seriously injured or if you have full tort coverage on your insurance policy, you may then pursue a third-party tort liability claim against a responsible party.
I’ve been injured in a bus accident. What can I do?
If you have been in a bus accident, a lawyer in Bristol at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help. Call us at 215-642-2335 to set up a consultation to discuss your case with a bus accident attorney.