Bus accidents do not occur all that often, but when they do, the results can be catastrophic. Bus accidents tend to have particularly fatal outcomes when the bus is curbside carrier (making frequent curbside stops), rather than a conventional carrier. School bus accident statistics shore up this argument.
“Curbside carriers have higher fatal accident and death rates and higher out-of-service rates resulting from driver violations (specifically, fatigued driving and driver fitness violations) compared with conventional carriers,” reports the National Transportation Safety Board.
Who can sue the bus company?
Regardless of the type of carrier (shuttle, tour bus, etc.), anyone who hurt in a bus accident or the family of someone that was killed in a bus accident is a potential candidate to sue the bus company. Much depends on the cause of the wreck. If the bus driver’s or bus company’s negligence caused or contributed to the crash, then injured victims (plaintiffs) can file a suit against the company to pursue damages.
Any of the following parties may be able to pursue a lawsuit after a bus accident.
- Bus passengers
- Occupants of other cars
- Cyclists and motorcyclists
- Road workers
- The close family members of victims killed in a bus accident
Note if the bus is owned by the city rather than privately owned, there are unique legal requirements and timelines that apply. Also, the rules vary slightly if the bus driver wants to sue for injuries because it’s a work-related accident. All victims are contemplating a lawsuit or looking for means of recovery should contact a lawyer to discuss how to take best legal action.
Proving a Bus Accident Claim
To be able to file and win a suit against a bus company, you must be able to demonstrate the following elements.
- The bus driver or company was somehow negligent or careless. (Note, bus carriers have a higher standard of care than regular motorists; 49 C.F.R. § 392.14 especially requires that bus driver use “extreme caution” when operating the bus during extreme weather conditions.)
- You were hurt as a result of the company’s or driver’s negligence.
- You sustained injuries as a consequence of the accident.
Your attorney can help collect the necessary evidence to prove your case so that you can fight for a settlement you deserve. If your case is successful, you can recover damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering from your lawsuit.
Free Legal Consult for Bus Accident Victims in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania bus accident victims or their family members are encouraged to call Cordisco & Saile LLC for legal counsel. Get a case review, an explanation of your legal options and help to pursue restitution. Call 215-642-2335 for a free consultation.