Several types of buses drive on American roads, including inner city buses, municipal buses, school buses, long distance travel buses, and airport buses, among others. As a result, bus accidents are a common occurrence and can result in devastating injuries. If you or a loved one has been a bus accident victim, you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim for damages. You can count on a personal injury lawyer like Attorney Michael P. D’Amico to fight for your rights and aggressively pursue your case.
Who Is Responsible?
Statistics show that 63,000 buses are involved in accidents each year, resulting in 14,000 injuries and hundreds of fatalities.
Bus drivers and bus companies have a responsibility to exercise the highest degree of care and caution when driving buses on our roads. Negligence on the part of a bus driver or a mechanically defective bus may make bus operators or bus companies liable for injuries and fatalities.
Examples of driver negligence include:
- Texting while driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving when fatigued
- Lack of training
- Overloading the bus
If the bus was not thoroughly inspected on a regular basis or if needed repairs were not made in a timely manner, the bus company may be held accountable for your injuries.
A bus accident victim may face challenges in recovering compensation if the driver is at fault and the bus is operated and owned by a government entity or a large company. However, personal injury Attorney Michael P. D’Amico can guide you through the legal process and help you determine who the liable parties are in your accident.
A bus accident lawsuit must find that a specific person or entity was negligent. Your claim for damages must include a complete description of everything that occurred relating to the accident as well as the damages you suffered during and afterward.
In a bus accident case, the standard of care determines the ‘at fault’ party. Any individual driving on U.S. roads owes a legal duty of care to everyone else on the road to drive safely. If a bus driver or company is derelict in performing this duty, and others suffer injury or harm as a result, the negligent party may be liable for damages.
In some cases, negligence can be proven by demonstrating that the driver violated a traffic law, which resulted in the accident. This is referred to as negligence per se.
Other cases may require that we prove that the bus driver’s behavior did not meet the standard of behavior expected from a “reasonable person,” especially if the driver was reckless and showed disregard for the safety of their passengers or other people on the road. Reckless driving includes speeding, failing to signal turns, or trying to outrun police.
What We Can Do for You
When there are multiple defendants in a bus accident lawsuit, the damages will be split between them. As a result, the bus accident victim can recover damages from more than one defendant.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, you are entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages, emotional trauma, and grief over the loss of a loved one if the victim has died.
Attorney Michael P. D’Amico at 203-824-2969 is one of the top personal injury lawyers in Connecticut, with extensive experience in dealing with bus accidents. We are proud of our record of accomplishment in winning bus accident lawsuits for our clients against some of the biggest bus companies. Call D’Amico Law LLC for a no cost initial consultation at 203-824-2969. Let us handle your claim while you concentrate on healing from your injuries and getting back to your life.
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