Due to the sheer size and weight of buses, collisions at any speed can cause catastrophic injuries. There are 3 main types of bus accidents:
- City & Public Transit Accidents (Metro bus)
- Commercial Bus Accidents (Greyhound, Bus Tours)
- School Bus Accidents (Big Yellow Bus)
Currently, the U.S. Department of Transportation has banned bus drivers from texting or using handheld cell phones behind the wheel. The federal ban has been placed on all commercial motor vehicle drivers, which means that the law applies to almost every bus operator in the USA.
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If and when the bus driver is at fault for a collision that causes injuries, the case and the law surrounding compensation for victims can get complicated.
This is because most buses are operated and owned by the government.
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Defining blame and filing a claim can take longer and be harder to prove. Who exactly has deep pockets, and is ultimately responsible for the bus driver's negligence?
Attorney Tim Ryan has helped thousands of Huntington Beach injury victims since 1981. The first step he often takes is to file a claim or notice of claim as quickly as possible. Then, the focus becomes bus driver investigation:
- Were the bus drivers working while fatigued – is this the company policy, or the driver's fault for not resting when he should have?
- Was the driver not adequately trained or properly screened for employment?
- Was the driver under the influence or high?
- Were the buses improperly loaded, or its equipment poorly maintained?
- Did the bus keep an irregular and dangerous itinerary that was unrealistic for the driver?
All of these factors (and more) come into play. If you need assistance with a bus accident claim for yourself or a family member, contact bus accident attorney Tim Ryan today for a free, honest evaluation of your circumstance.