An accident involving a commercial bus can cause catastrophic personal injury and even wrongful death. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2011, there were more than 6,000 fatalities and more than 100,000 injuries caused by commercial vehicle and bus accidents. If you or a family member has been injured in a commercial bus accident, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries by filing a bus accident lawsuit. The experienced attorneys at The Lassen Law Firm can help. Our team of personal injury attorneys has experience in legal issues surrounding commercial bus accident injuries and will provide the dedicated legal representation you need.
Causes of Bus Accidents
Bus drivers have to handle not only the road and weather conditions and traffic hazards but also mechanical failure and fatigue. When the driver of a commercial bus carrying passengers engages in unsafe driving practices, including reckless, inattentive, or aggressive driving, the risk of serious injuries increases greatly. For example, statistics show that more than 20 percent of all large commercial vehicle accidents in 2011 involved speeding and 0.2 percent of commercial vehicle drivers consumed alcohol while performing their duties.
Overpass Bus Crashes
Some of the most serious bus crashes happen when a bus hits an overpass. In December 2012, a charter bus carrying 32 members of a church group hit a concrete overpass at Miami International Airport after the driver got lost, killing two men on board and leaving three others critically injured. The large, white bus was too tall for the 8-foot-6-inch entrance to the arrivals area. As a result of the accident, the passengers sustained multiple injuries and fractures with resulting pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, expense of hospitalization, medical, nursing care and treatment, loss of earnings, loss of ability to earn money, and aggravation, activation or acceleration of a previously existing condition. The passengers filed a lawsuit against the driver and the bus company for negligence. One bus crash victim sustained serious injuries to her face, ribs, spine and spleen, and needed life-saving surgery to control internal bleeding. The suit claimed negligence on the part of the driver and the bus company and sought damages in excess of $75,000.
On February 2, 2013, a Calvary Coach bus carrying 42 people going back to the Philadelphia area struck an overpass on Soldier's Field Road in Boston, sending 33 people to hospitals. The bus was significantly damaged in the crash. The front part of the roof was pushed in while the center section bowed downward. According to the authorities, the bus did not belong on the road, where a 10-foot height limit is in place and over-sized vehicles are not authorized. State Police said the driver failed to heed signs warning of the height limit and will likely be cited for an over-height violation. The Philadelphia-based Calvary Coach Bus company had an adequate record with the Department of Transportation. The passengers injured in the crash have a right to file a lawsuit for compensation for their injuries and losses.
Maximizing Financial Recovery For Bus Accident Victims
Regardless of the cause of a commercial bus accident, if the accident was the result of the driver's actions or negligence, bus passengers may pursue damages for their injuries. If you would like more information on filing a bus accident lawsuit, our attorneys at the Lassen Law Firm can help. Every bus accident is fact-specific, but, generally, financial recovery may include rehabilitation, lost income, diminished earning potential, loss of enjoyment of life, and other losses. If you have been injured as a passenger in a bus accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, pain, and suffering. You need to be aware of your rights as an accident victim and of the steps involved in filing a bus accident or commercial bus lawsuit. The attorneys at our Philadelphia law firm can help you get the compensation you deserve. Please contact the Lassen Law Firm today.
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Authored by: Christian Lassen