When we board busses, the last thing to cross our minds is suffering a debilitating injury due to the negligence of the bus operator or bus company. However, it is ever-important to remember that if you or a loved one are ever a victim of a bus accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your personal injuries.
What You Need to Know
Every year, several hundreds of people die due to bus accidents. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimated that 19,000 people were injured in bus accidents in 2002 alone. Bus accidents are serious, life-threatening, and occur for a variety of reasons.
The top seven causes of bus accidents are:
1) driver error
2) weather conditions
3) lack of seat belts or other safety equipment
4) faulty emergency exits
5) dangerous roadways
6) flammable seat cushions
7) improper maintenance
Injuries Associated With Bus Accidents
It is well-known that buses are heavy and difficult to drive without proper training. If an ill-trained driver gets behind the wheel, he may be risking the lives of his passengers. Moreover, bus drivers have a tendency to travel long distances on little rest. The wrong person for the job may fall asleep behind the wheel or be too fatigued to adequately drive the bus. You should not have to suffer the consequences of a negligent driver hired by a negligent bus company.
Bus accidents can cause severe damage to the spinal cord, brain, head, legs, and arms. Whiplash, closed head injuries, and even memory loss may result. You may think that a broken bone or minor injury is not worth suing over, but it probably is. Bus drivers have a duty to take care of their passengers and are responsible for injuries that they cause due to breaching that duty they owe you.
Any medical bills that you had to pay due to a bus accident should not be a cost for you to bear. After all, all you did was trust that a bus driver would carry out his job duties prudently and reasonably.
Why You Need an Experienced Attorney
Many buses are owned by government entities, like schools, and understanding all of the complex legal ramifications that come along with suing a government entity requires a high degree of knowledge, skill, and ability. Even when dealing with privately owned bus companies, a skilled bus accident lawyer is needed to navigate the rocky terrain of personal injury litigation in order to ensure that your rights are adequately protected.
Lastly, an attorney will know the various methods of going through insurance carriers, PIP carriers, etc. and be able to secure justice for you without having to make you go through administrative hurdles or tons of red tape. Always remember, you have a right to safe transportation. If you were injured by a bus, e-mail or call 888-883-5529 to speak to a NJ bus accident lawyer from The Rosenblum Law Firm. We have been helping personal injury victims from NJ bus accidents for years. When you come for your appointment with The Rosenblum Law Firm, make sure to bring the police report from the incident, medical reports from your hospitals and doctors, photographs, and all other documentation related to the incident.