If you or a loved one is suffering from injuries or lost their life in an accident involving a bus, you may be entitled to collect compensation. Whether you were a passenger on the bus or in a vehicle struck by a bus, call our team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at 800-921-7227 for a free consultation.
Buses Can Be More Dangerous than Passenger Vehicles
There are several types of buses, the primary types being:
- School bus.
- Public transit bus.
- Greyhound bus or other forms of long-distance bus.
The size, weight, and number of people common to buses mean that they present a unique set of hazards to both riders on a bus and other motorists, passengers, and pedestrians on or near Florida’s roads.
Regardless of the specific type of bus in question, buses have common features that could increase the risk of injury or death when a bus is involved in a collision. Some of the hazards associated with buses include:
- A lack of seatbelts, airbags, and other safety features typically present in most passenger vehicles.
- Buses, especially those that are fully loaded with people, can weigh upwards of 38,000 pounds, and this weight can cause massive damage when involved in a high-speed accident.
- Because of their size and weight capacity, buses can be more difficult to control safely, and may become unsafe in scenarios where sharp turns are required, especially in wet conditions.
- Because of their weight, buses are not able to stop as quickly as smaller passenger vehicles, which may make them more prone to being involved in rear-end collisions.
- Buses are much taller than the typical passenger vehicle, and their height may make them prone to rolling over due to an accident or unsafe maneuver by the driver.
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school children are at the greatest risk when boarding or deboarding a bus.
These conditions may either increase the risk of a bus’s involvement in a collision or single-vehicle accident, or increase the risk of harm when an accident does occur. If you or a loved one are involved in an accident involving a bus, we can help you determine whether the driver of the bus was at fault.
If the driver was at fault, you may be eligible to recover compensation.
Depending on the circumstances, we might also be able to hold the bus company accountable due to vicarious liability laws. Vicarious liability laws hold that an employer is liable for its employees’ actions so long as the employee acted within the scope of their employment.
For a free legal consultation with a bus accidents lawyer serving Coral Springs, call (844) 638-1822
Negligence Is Common on Florida’s Roadways
Driver error is common when bus accidents occur, and distracted driving has become the most common cause of car accidents, according to Markets Insider.
Some forms of driver error include:
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving under the influence
- Driving aggressively
- Failing to check blind spots
Call the team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at 800-921-7227 to speak to a Coral Springs bus accident lawyer.
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A Lawyer’s Role in Your Pursuit of Compensation
A lawyer can handle the bulk of responsibilities necessary to collecting any compensation that you are entitled to, including:
- Initiating your case as soon as possible.
- Collecting evidence relevant to your case.
- Handling the legal aspects of your case from start to finish.
- Protecting your rights throughout the legal process.
Your lawyer will also aim to prove that the driver of the bus, the company that hired the driver, or any other defendants in your case were negligent in some way, and therefore responsible for your injuries and resulting losses.
Do Not Wait to Call a Lawyer
The statute of limitations in Florida for wrongful death claims is generally two years from the date of your loved one’s death, while personal injury cases are generally subject to a four-year statute of limitations starting from the date of the accident. This means that you should not wait to call, though there are exceptions to these statutes and you should call a lawyer regardless of the date of your accident.
Possible Awards Resulting from Your Case
Each bus-related injury or wrongful death claim is subject to its own unique circumstances, but awards in your case may possibly cover:
- Medical expenses caused by the accident.
- Lost wages or diminished earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering.
These are only a small sampling of the damages you may be eligible to recover. A Coral Springs bus accident lawyer can help determine the value of your case.
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We want to help you obtain any compensation you are entitled to while defending your rights during the legal process. We handle cases on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing upfront and pay us no attorney’s fees unless we recover compensation in your case. There is truly no risk when working with our team.
See how a Coral Springs bus accident lawyer can help you today by calling Ben Crump Law, PLLC at 800-921-7227 for a free consultation.