Your Bus Accident Lawyers
Bus travel is an easy and economical way to get to work or travel for many people. More than 750 million passengers take the bus annually in the U.S.
There are more than 35,000 buses on the road, including tour, sightseeing, charter, shuttle, and commuter services. Bus accidents can lead to severe injuries and, in some cases, death.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 67,000 bus crashes occurred in 2017, which is more than 183 bus accidents a day. During the periods monitored by the FMCSA, there were an average of 257 bus accident-related fatalities annually, and 13,750 bus accident-related injuries per year. During the same period, there was an average of 50,000 bus-related accidents per year that caused property damage.
After a bus accident, the priority of the driver, their employer, and their insurance company is to protect their assets – not help you. This is why it is so important for your recovery and financial health to seek the advice of an experienced bus accident lawyer like Sweet James immediately after an accident.
COMMON CAUSES OF BUS ACCIDENTS
Many bus crashes and related injuries are caused by negligence on the part of the bus driver or bus company. Common causes include:
About 80% of bus crashes are due to driver error.
Poor Bus Maintenance (bald tires, worn brakes, etc.)
Poor Safety Training/Policies
Even if the bus driver was at fault, the bus company and their insurance company may deny responsibility for your injury claim.
If you or a loved one is injured in a bus accident, whether as a passenger on the bus or as a driver or passenger in a vehicle struck by a bus, you need a Sweet James bus accident attorney fighting for you.
COMMON INJURIES THAT CAN RESULT FROM BUS ACCIDENTS
Bus accidents are more dangerous than most other types of accidents due to their size and weight. Buses may carry many passengers, often without seat belts. Injuries sustained in a bus accident can be devastating for victims and their families. Here a few examples:
Lacerations often requiring sutures
Neck and back injuries and pain
Spinal cord injuries
Traumatic brain injuries
PUBLIC BUS ACCIDENTS
Although most people who ride public buses do so without incident, those that are unfortunate enough to be involved in a bus accident can sustain catastrophic injuries. Many public buses do not have seatbelts, and on overcrowded buses, riders may have to stand while holding onto railings or straps. Under these conditions, a crash can throw riders into other passengers, against the walls, seats, and railings of the bus, or may completely eject them from the bus.
Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists, traveling the same streets with city buses are at great risk because buses are much bigger and heavier. When buses hit other vehicles, they can cause significant property damage and bodily injuries.
City bus drivers often work long hours driving the same route several times during their shift rendering them susceptible to fatigue.
Many cities or state agencies that operate public buses, may have a special set of laws to govern legal claims arising from public bus accidents. For this reason, if you or a loved one is injured in a public bus accident, contact a Sweet James public bus accident attorney immediately.
SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENTS
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), school buses are the safest vehicles on the road, and children are safer taking a bus to school than they are traveling by car. However, school bus accidents kill and injure a number of children each year. School bus accidents can cause serious injuries, including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and serious soft tissue injuries that result in permanent scars and disfigurement.
As with public buses, motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists, traveling the same streets with school buses are at great risk because school buses are much bigger and heavier, and they can cause significant property damage and bodily injuries.
Wherever a school bus is operated by a public school district, the rules regarding claims against public entities mentioned above may apply. Victims of public-school bus accidents should contact a Sweet James school bus accident lawyer immediately.
Crashes involving privately operated school buses typically proceed just like any other personal injury case involving private parties.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A BUS ACCIDENT
As the use of public transportation increases, so do serious and fatal accidents. Bus accidents can cause devastating injuries and loss of life. After a bus accident, protect yourself and preserve your claim for compensation:
Obtain immediate medical attention.
Contact the police and ensure that a police report is filed.
Gather evidence, photos, and witness contact info.
Reach out to a Sweet James bus accident lawyer
WILL HIRING A BUS ACCIDENT ATTORNEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
As the leading bus accident law firm with over 20 years of experience, Sweet James has helped a number of bus passengers who were injured in accidents. Sweet James and his dedicated team of bus accident attorneys will fight to get you the maximum compensation after your bus accident injury. By holding all parties liable for failing in their duty of care to keep you, the passenger, safe, Sweet James will ensure that you are able to recover in full.
In the case of accidents that result in catastrophic injuries, it is critical to retain a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in representing victims of serious injuries.
WHAT WILL MY BUS ACCIDENT INJURY CLAIM BE WORTH?
Bus accident claims are complex. It is almost impossible for an untrained person to determine the real value of their claim. After a free, no-obligation consultation, our team will help you to immediately determine your next steps. Your health is a priority, and you should not struggle to pay your medical bills while focusing on your wellness.
With a 98% success rate, Sweet James is confident that our bus accident legal team has the knowledge and skills needed to get you the results you are hoping for. Paying no fees unless we win your case, this is the bus accident lawyer you want fighting by your side after a bus crash.