Due to the size of these vehicles and the number of individuals typically involved, a bus accident can have serious consequences. In addition, buses are subject to a more complex set of regulations than other motor vehicles. Collecting compensation after a bus accident requires an advanced understanding of the laws affecting different types of buses and the companies that own them. If you have been injured in an accident involving a government or privately owned bus, our bus accident attorney Luke Dow can help you collect compensation. Schedule a complimentary consultation today by calling our Austin, TX, practice at (512) 480-9502 or contacting us online.
Types and Categories of Buses
A bus is legally defined as any vehicle capable of carrying more than 10 passengers. The owner or leasing company of the bus involved in your accident will have a substantial impact on the type and amount of compensation you can collect. Vehicles such as city buses, school buses, and public transportation for disabled riders are owned by the government and are subject to different regulations than privately owned buses. Private, or commercially owned, buses may be operated by a wide range of organizations, including:
- Nursing homes
- Charter bus companies
- Amusement parks
Commercial buses can also be long-haul buses, such as Greyhounds, and include any bus that is not affiliated with the city or state government.
Government-owned buses are afforded a higher level of legal protection, meaning it can be much more difficult for victims to collect compensation.
Privately owned buses are operated for profit, while government-owned transportation is often subsidized and intended to provide a service for the community. As such, government-owned buses are afforded a higher level of legal protection. This means it can be much more difficult to collect compensation, even if the driver was directly at fault for your injuries.
Common Causes of Bus Accidents
Similar to truck accidents, one of the main causes of bus accidents is negligence on the part of the bus driver or the driver of another vehicle. Examples of driver negligence can include:
- Distracted driving
- Sleep deprivation
- Alcohol or drug use
- Excessive speeding
However, the cause of the accident may be attributed to another source. Mechanical issues can stem from improper maintenance on behalf of the company who owns the bus. In addition, inadequate driver training or supervision can result in serious accidents. Discovering the exact cause of your accident can help determine who is responsible for your injuries. At the Luke Dow Law Firm, we work with experts in accident reconstruction who can collect the evidence necessary to build a strong case for your compensation.
Seeking Compensation for Your Injury
Depending on the cause of your accident, you may be able to seek damages from the driver, bus operator, or another third party, such as the bus maintenance company. In this type of accident, victims often collect compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Loss of future wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium (the love or support of a spouse)
In some cases, you can also seek punitive damages, which are intended to punish the defendant for especially reckless or deliberately harmful behavior.
Hire a Board-Certified Attorney
Accidents involving buses can be devastating and victims may require lifelong care. All too often, insurance companies are not willing to consider these far-reaching factors. As a board-certified personal injury attorney, Luke Dow has the skills and connections to handle even the most complex bus accident case. Contact our office online or call us at (512) 480-9502 to schedule your initial case consultation today.