According to a study by the U.S. Department of Transportation, riding in a bus is much safer than a car, but the extent of injuries and property damage caused in a bus accident is often severe.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a bus accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation. Our team of bus accident lawyers at the Fairfax law firm of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP have considerable knowledge in bus accident cases. We can help you and your family through this difficult time so you can focus on healing. Please call or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.
Distracted driving can occur with any person operating a motor vehicle, but distracted driving can also happen to bus drivers. Cellphone use, eating, adjusting the air conditioning or radio, keeping an eye on the road and engaging with passengers are all common distractions.
Bus drivers tend to operate on strict schedules and if they fall behind, they may decide to speed in an attempt to get everyone to their destination on time.
Some examples of bus driver error include being unaware of other vehicles, sudden lane changes, failing to obey traffic signs, and continuing to work while fatigued.
Bus companies are required to do routine safety checks, but bus maintenance may sometimes be performed improperly or not at all. This puts the bus at risk for equipment failure, which can cause an accident.
Uneven weight distribution: There are set weight restrictions for buses due to the fact that an overloaded bus can become more difficult to operate. When the weight is distributed unevenly, an accident is more likely to occur.
There are strict guidelines established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requiring drug and alcohol testing, but some drivers may choose to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Hazardous weather, potholes, and construction in Fairfax can all increase the risk of a bus accident.
The circumstances of the bus accident will dictate who is liable, but possible parties include:
An experienced attorney will be able to determine all potentially liable parties and take immediate steps to secure crucial evidence necessary to formulating your case. Evidence such as eyewitness testimony, the bus’s onboard computer information or logs, still images, security camera footage, medical records, and police reports will all be gathered on your behalf.
Public transportation and national bus companies have large insurance and legal defense teams that will likely give you a low settlement offer in the interest of protecting themselves. A bus accident attorney in Fairfax will ensure that you are not taken advantage of by advocating for you and alleviating you from dealing with the insurance companies altogether so that you may focus on yourself and your family.
Let our dedicated team of bus accident lawyers at the law firm of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP can help give you the peace of mind to only focus on your recovery instead of the complex litigation process. Call today (703) 298-2928 to schedule a free consultation.