When you take a bus, you expect to get from point A to point B. Sometimes a bus crash interrupts your plans. According to the NHTSA more than 300 bus accidents with fatalities happen every year. Countless other non-fatal accidents involving buses cost greatly in property damage and medical care for the injured, many of whom are severely injured and need continued rehabilitative care and ongoing financial support as they cannot work.
Causes of Bus Accidents
There are a number of reasons why a bus accident occurs that include.
· Defective bus equipment;
· Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
· Improper bus maintenance;
· Poor weather conditions/visibility;
· Dangerous roadways; and
· Driving recklessly.
Driving mishaps are not always due to the bus driver, often bus accidents stem from the actions of other drivers involved in the accident.
Potential Defendants in a Bus Accident Lawsuit
As you can see from the list above, there are many factors involved in a bus accident and suing those responsible is a complicated undertaking. Often, there is more than one defendant in a bus accident trial. Some of the multiple parties that have liability include,
· The bus management company;
· The bus driver;
· Other negligent drivers;
· Bus and bus equipment manufacturers; and
· Government – public bus or dangerous roads.
When a crash happens involving a car and a bus it is an unplanned and unexpected occurrence. Usually, the results of such an accident include:
· Property damage;
· Loss of income;
· Medical bills; and
· Pain and suffering.
If a crash involves a bus and a truck, the combined weight and mass of the two vehicles along with the speed they were going usually causes far worse damage to both people and property.
What You Should Do if Involved in a Bus Accident
Accidents involving a bus are traumatic happenings. As a victim you may not have any physical injuries yet still need help dealing with nervousness stemming from the accident. Bus accident victims and their families can sue for compensation of medical expenses (includes deductibles and copays and any uncovered expenses from your health insurance under the new health care insurance laws). If you sustained physical injuries or emotional stress you can sue for monetary compensation for pain and suffering. You may need the filing of a lawsuit to recover monetary awards for lost wages and if disabled from the accident, future wages and ongoing medical and therapy expenses. If there was a fatality caused by the crash the responsible driver may also have criminal charges for wrongful death facing him or her. If a loved one died from the accident, you and your family may have compensation due to you.
It is important that you have your case evaluated by an experienced, highly qualified personal injury attorney in Philadelphia. After medical attention, seeing such an attorney is the next step to protect your legal rights.