Bus Accidents

Bus accidents can involve multiple victims and multiple responsible parties.  Responsible parties may include one or more government entities.  Lawsuits involving government entities are subject to very different rules, time limits and procedures than those against individuals and corporations.


Bus Accident Victims


People outside the bus are at the greatest risk for being injured or killed in a bus accident.  In fact, about 80% of children killed in school bus accidents are injured while boarding and exiting. Bus accident victims may include:


  • Pedestrians and by-standers
  • Bus passengers
  • Drivers and passengers of other vehicles
  • Bus drivers


Types of Buses


If you have been injured in a bus accident, the type of bus is probably not all that important to you personally, but legally it is very important.  The type of bus will play a large role in determining who is responsible, which laws apply, and how we need to handle your case.  Common types of buses include:


  • School buses
  • Buses used for interstate travel
  • Buses used for public transportation in cities
  • Chartered buses
  • Prison buses


Causes of Bus Accidents


Bus accidents are usually caused, in some way, by poor safety conditions.  Tight schedules are often involved.  Failure to properly screen and/or monitor bus drivers can also contribute.  Factors which may cause a bus accident include:


  • Inadequately trained or inexperienced drivers
  • Intoxicated drivers
  • Driver negligence
  • Excessive speed
  • Poorly maintained bus
  • Defective bus
  • Blind spots
  • Dangerous weather conditions
  • Defective roadways


Responsible Parties


Bus accident lawsuits usually involve government entities, because they are responsible for buses used by public schools, public transportations systems, and prison buses.  Lawsuits against government entities involve different time limits and procedures than other types of lawsuits.  Responsible parties may include:


  • School districts
  • Local governments
  • Mass transit systems
  • Bus companies
  • Bus drivers
  • Other drivers
  • City, County, and State agencies responsible for maintaing roads
  • Bus manufacturers


At William J. Tinning, P. C., we believe that every case is important, and no case is too small.  If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bus accident, please call or email us today to schedule your free consultation.


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