Bus accidents are capable of causing extremely serious injuries to dozens of people. Here are some answers to questions that bus accident victims often ask. For more information or to discuss the specifics of your case, call our office today or contact us online.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Bus Accident?
Many parties in bus accidents are not usually involved in other motor vehicle accidents. Some examples of the individuals, business, and agencies that could potentially be held liable for a serious bus accident include the following:
- The bus driver
- The private company operating the bus
- The government agency responsible for the operation of the bus
- The government agency responsible for the design and maintenance of roadways
- Other motorists
- Bus passengers
- The company responsible for bus maintenance
- The bus manufacturer
Can I Recover Compensation for My Bus Accident?
Not surprisingly, the first thing many victims want to know is whether they will be able to recover compensation for their accident. The answer to their question depends on whether someone else’s negligence caused their crash. Negligence occurs when a person fails to use the degree of care that would ordinarily be used by a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances. Examples of the kinds of negligence that can lead to a serious bus accident include:
- Distracted driving
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Following too closely
- Failing to account for poor weather conditions
- Hiring unqualified bus drivers
- Impaired driving
- Failing to adequately maintain a roadway
Whether negligence occurred in a given situation is a highly complicated question, and it’s often extremely difficult for non-lawyers to spot negligent conduct. For this reason, anyone injured in a bus accident should review the case with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
What Should I Do After a Bus Accident?
It’s extremely important for victims to take steps to protect their rights after a bus accident. Here are some of the things you can do to maximize your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve:
- If you’re not too injured to do so, stay at the scene and document information about the accident.
- Seek medical attention, even if emergency medical personnel have cleared you to go home. It’s important that you document your injuries for any claim you may assert in the future.
- Document the way your injuries affect you on a daily basis.
- Do not accept a settlement offer before consulting with a lawyer.
- Contact an attorney as soon as you can.
Call Alpert Schreyer, LLC, Today to Speak With an Experienced Bus Accident Lawyer
If you suffered an injury in a bus accident or any other type of vehicle crash, there’s a chance that you are legally entitled to substantial compensation. At Alpert Schreyer, we are committed to protecting victims’ rights and will review the facts of your case at no cost to you. To schedule your free case evaluation with a Maryland personal injury attorney, call our office today at (301) 812-4777 or contact us online.