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Giving a Voice to the Injured

Bus Accident Attorneys in Virginia

Get the Financial Help You Deserve After a Being Injured in a Bus Crash

Buses are modernizing to meet the changing transportation needs of Americans who now have access to ride-sharing services and other more private commuting options. Small companies have popped up to offer new routes and even “deluxe” travel options for the comfort-conscious passenger. Many cities are doing their best to expand options and services not only to support their public transportation system but also to remove cars from roads and cut down on emissions.

While more buses may equate to less carbon dioxide, they, too have their downsides. Between 2016 and 2017—the last full year for which the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has released data—the rate of fatal crashes caused by buses and large trucks jumped by 9%. If bus travel continues to increase in popularity, that trend is likely to continue: The more any type of vehicle is driven, the more likely it is to be involved in collisions.

Unlike car accidents, where most vehicles are similar in size, buses are much larger and heavier and therefore more likely to cause serious injuries. If you were in an accident with a bus by no fault of your own, you deserve compensation to help with medical bills, the costs of missing work, and other difficulties you are likely facing. There is a way for you to pursue fair compensation.

Call our experienced attorney team at (571) 290-2390 to schedule a free consultation.

Types and Causes of Bus Accidents

It is far more likely drivers, bicyclists, or pedestrians will be injured or killed in a bus accident compared to those on board. Of course, this does not guarantee riders will remain safe; they may be thrown by the force of an impact or suffer injuries during a rollover. Passenger or non-occupant alike, anyone who sustains serious damage because of an accident will likely be able to recover compensation to help treat their injuries. To file a successful claim, you must know whose insurance to approach.

Know Who Caused the Accident

The first question to ask is who or what caused the accident. If blame is split between multiple parties or can be debated, insurers might try to assign blame to each other, so they do not have to pay. Was the accident caused by:

  • A mistake made by the bus driver?
  • A third party (car, pedestrian, etc.) breaking traffic rules?
  • An equipment malfunction?
  • An unsafe section of road?

Identify Liability in the Accident

If another driver caused a bus accident, anyone who was injured as a result may file claims against that person’s insurance. Due to the large number of victims these accidents may have, it may be hard to recover compensation—especially if the driver only carries the minimum amounts required. If you find yourself in this situation, our attorneys may be able to help you find another way to pursue compensation.

When the accident is caused by the bus driver, there are a few factors that could affect who is liable, including the type of bus involved.

  • 40% of bus accident involve school buses,
  • 35% involve transit buses,
  • 13% involve intercity buses,

and the type of bus involved in the remaining 12% of accidents was not specified. The liability holders for each of these accidents are different. When a bus is government-owned, such as school buses and most transit buses, you may have to abide by extra rules and shorter deadlines if you want to file a claim. Facing a school district or government agency can be difficult and frustrating due to the amount of red tape involved.

Whoever owns or charters a commercial bus is typically liable for any accidents caused by its driver. The responsibility may be shared between more than one party in these cases. When a driver’s mistake or a maintenance issue causes a problem, liability does not usually rest with the individual. It sits with the company that made negligent choices that put bus passengers and other road users in trouble.

In Need of Compensation After a Bus Accident?

We know how difficult it can be to deal with insurers while you’re trying to recover from a serious injury. Not only do our attorneys take this burden off your shoulders—but we also lend experience to your claim. With over 75 years of legal experience under our belts, our team members are familiar with the moves insurance companies may make to deny you fair compensation. We can fight on your behalf to help you receive the settlement you need for a full recovery.

Call our Virginia bus accident lawyers at (571) 290-2390 to learn about your legal options after a bad accident.

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