In an urban area, millions of people each day use public transportation each day to commute from place to place, and entrust their safety to a public employee as well as public equipment. Due to congestion on the roads and the expense of parking, public transportation can be an attractive option to commuters. Due to the way that buses are constructed, bus accidents can result in serious injury to passengers as well to passengers in other vehicles involved in collisions. If you have been injured in a bus accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation for any injuries you may have sustained. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should contact an experienced Newnan personal injury attorney as soon as possible to have your claim evaluated.
Bus accidents are not limited to public buses, but can also involve chartered buses, school buses, tourist buses, or others. Bus accidents occur for many of the same reasons that other accidents occur, such as driver error, speeding, failure to obey traffic laws, or bad weather conditions. Bus drivers are required to engage in specialized training and licensing procedures, designed to maximize bus driver safety. While the majority of bus drivers perform their jobs well and up to standards, as a group they are not immune from negligent individuals. Examples of bus driver negligence include not stopping at stop signs, speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or failing to signal a turn, just to name a few. In addition to bus driver negligence, bus accidents can result from poorly maintained or faulty equipment, such as tires, brakes, windshield wipers, or headlamps.
Injuries can also occur on buses in the absence of a crash. For example, you may slip and fall while entering or exiting the bus. If the condition that caused your fall was the kind of condition that the company knew or should have known about, you may be able to bring a legal action against the company.
Contact a Newnan personal injury attorney today for a free consultation
If you have been injured in bus or other public transportation accident you may be able to recover financial compensation from the responsible party or parties. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should have your case reviewed by an experienced Newnan personal injury attorney. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are seasoned Coweta County PI attorneys who are dedicated to representing the rights of those injured by the negligence of others. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.