Representing Bus Accident Victims Throughout Miami
While they do not happen as often as car or truck accidents, bus accidents can cause serious injuries to not only the drivers involved in the accident, but all of the passengers on the bus.
Many buses do not mandate that passengers use seat belts, so in the rare case that a bus overturns or flips, there can be serious consequences.
On the other hand, if you were a car driver involved in an accident with a bus, you are at a heightened risk of injury because buses are significantly larger than most other cars on the road. While another car might give you a small fender bender, a bus can completely total your car and put you in the hospital.
If you were a bus passenger injured in an accident, or a driver that was involved in an accident with a bus, contact The Miami Injury Lawyers today. We have decades of experience helping people get back on their feet after serious motor vehicle accidents.
Common Causes of Bus Accidents
Bus accidents can have a variety of causes, ranging from mechanical to environmental. Here are some of the most common causes:
- Fatigued Drivers: Much like truck drivers, bus drivers are often asked to drive for multiple shifts of over 8 hours in a row. When you combine this long and tiresome schedule with long stretches of unchanging highway, drivers have a high chance of getting tired at the wheel. Fatigued drivers have worse reaction times, are less aware of their road conditions, and are ultimately much more likely to get into an accident compared to a well-rested driver.
- Speeding: Along the same lines as the bullet point above, bus drivers are often asked to adhere to strict schedules. Even if they are slowed down due to traffic, they are expected to get their buses to a certain location in a certain time frame. If a bus driver is running late, they are incentivized to drive faster, which can cause them to switch lanes at a higher rate, makes buses harder to stop, and makes any accidents they do get it much worse because of the increased force of the accident.
- Mechanical Defects: Even though buses have to comply with basic safety and mechanical regulations, when you are dealing with a engine and body as large as a bus, things can go wrong over the course of a ride. If the engine or a tire gives out at the wrong time, it can put everyone inside and near the bus at risk.
- Poor Road Conditions: Since buses are significantly larger than normal cars, slippery roads or cracks in the road have a higher chance of seriously injuring those in the bus and those driving near it.
Who Is Liable In A Bus Accident?
- Bus Drivers: While most bus drivers are not held liable for accidents caused by poor bus maintenance, road conditions, or anything along those lines, they can be found liable for a number of reasons, including: driving under the influence, reckless driving, or committing blatant traffic violations.
- Bus Companies: If it can be proved that a bus company was negligent in maintaining their buses or overworking their employees, they can be held liable for damages sustained in an accident.
- Other Drivers: If an accident was caused by another motorist hitting into a bus, they may be held liable for the damages sustained in the accident.
- Local Municipalities: Much like bus companies, local municipalities have a responsibility to provide a safe riding experience for their drivers and passengers. While the rules and regulations surrounding local municipalities are different than pursuing litigation with a private business, we are well-versed in what it takes to get a settlement from the local government.
What To Do After A Bus Accident
If you were in a bus accident, there are a few things you should do before consulting an attorney about your case. First and foremost, receive any necessary medical attention, that is always the first priority.
Second, gather any possible information that you can following the accident. This includes photos of the scene, all of your medical bills/information, and contact information of any witnesses or other victims. The more information you get, the easier it is to get your case started.
Contact The Miami Injury Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, it is important that you know all of the legal options available to you. It doesn’t matter if you were a passenger, pedestrian, or driver of another car – you should not be stuck with the bill for an accident caused by someone else.
With our offices conveniently located in the heart of Miami, we understand that traveling on buses every day is a fact of life for many people. Please contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation bus accident consultation.