According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 20,000 bus accidents happen every year in the United States. In 2012, over fifteen people died in such bus accidents while hundreds more suffered various injuries. In a collision, bus passengers can be at greater risk of injury than occupants of passenger vehicles for several reasons. If you were a bus passenger injured in a bus accident, you deserve to be compensated for all of your injuries by the responsible party and you should contact an accident attorney in Fayette County for help as soon as possible.
There can be a lot going on during a bus ride, from kids yelling, people talking, people using the restroom if one is available, cell phones ringing, people asking the bus drivers question, and much more. All of this can be extremely distracting for bus drivers and everyone knows that distracted driving increases the risk of accidents. Buses usually do not require passengers to wear seat belts and some, especially charter buses, even allow passengers to move freely about the bus. If a bus is involved in a collision, a passenger who is up and walking around is at a very high risk for serious bodily injury. Additionally, many passengers suffer injury when either boarding or exiting the bus. When a passenger steps off a bus, they are in danger of getting hit by oncoming motorists, motorcyclists, or bicyclists that are passing by and not paying attention.
There are many people who may be responsible for injuries suffered in a bus accident. These people include the bus driver, another driver, the bus company, the bus maintenance company, and more. In order to recover financially for your injuries, you need to file a claim against the correct party. You do not want to risk filing a claim against the wrong party and missing out on your chance to receive reimbursement. An experienced accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help determine who the responsible party is and help you hold them accountable for your injuries. Call our office today at (770) 487-8999.