Were You In A Bus Accident?
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Even the smallest buses are heavy vehicles that can cause catastrophic personal injuries during accidents, especially to pedestrians and those in other cars. In fact, a report from the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute indicates that nearly 63,000 bus accidents occur every year. Of those, 14,000 result in personal injury and 325 result in death. Roughly 50 of these fatalities are bus passengers and drivers, while the rest are passengers in other vehicles and pedestrians. Even in bus accidents that do not result in death, passengers and other victims can suffer catastrophic personal injuries with lifelong consequences. These injuries can result in expensive medical bills and lost wages as well as pain and suffering.
However, with the help of a bus accident lawyer, injury victims can seek damages against the party responsible for the crash. Reno personal injury attorney Eric A. Stovall has been representing motor vehicle accident victims, including those hurt in bus crashes, for nearly 30 years. As a former insurance agent, he understands the tactics insurance adjusters use to avoid compensating victims, and he can help you fight back.
What Are Common Bus Accident Injuries?
Bus accidents can potentially cause serious, disabling injuries to dozens of people, especially if other vehicle or pedestrians are involved. Listed below are some common bus accident injuries:
- Whiplash, a neck injury caused when the head jerks backward or forward abruptly, straining the neck
- Sprained and torn ligaments
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Lacerations, contusions and abrasions
- Broken bones
- Herniated discs
- Traumatic brain injury
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Wrongful death
What Should I Do After a Nevada Bus Accident?
After an injury in a bus accident, the first thing you should do is seek immediate medical attention. Often, injuries sustained during an accident are not apparent right away. A doctor can identify these injuries and the resulting medical report can be crucial to a future insurance claim and/or lawsuit. After you have taken care of yourself, you should then discuss your personal injuries with a bus accident lawyer.
Soon after the accident, you may receive a phone call from the bus company’s insurance provider. In the event that you do, be careful what you say to the insurance company. The reason the insurance company is calling you is to attempt to get information from you that might limit the amount they have to pay for your personal injuries. Therefore, you should not consent to a recorded call, you should not give them information about the accident or your injuries. Instead, you should redirect them to your legal counsel.
Who is Responsible for My Bus Accident Injuries?
Liability in bus accidents is not always immediately clear. There can be several different parties responsible for bus accidents, including:
- The bus driver. Driver error is the most common cause of all motor vehicle accidents, including buses. Factors that can contribute to driver error include driver fatigue, distracted driving, traffic violations and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- The bus company. Bus companies are responsible for ensuring their drivers are properly trained. Additionally, bus companies must maintain their buses and keep records of maintenance. If a bus company fails to maintain a bus and a foreseeable problem leads to an accident, the bus company can be held liable.
- The bus designer or manufacturer. In some cases, bus accidents are caused by deficiencies in a bus’s design. In others, problems that arise during the manufacturing of bus components can lead to accidents.
- Public entity that oversees the operation of the bus, such as a school district or city bus. Similar to private bus companies, public or quasi-public entities overseeing buses are responsible for inspecting and maintaining their fleets.
Bus drivers, bus companies and businesses that build and maintain buses have a duty of care toward the public. This means that these parties are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner that protects public safety. If a party breaches this duty of care and injuries result, then that party has acted negligently. As a result, victims of negligence can file an insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit for damages including pain and suffering, lost wages and the cost of medical bills. A Reno bus accident lawyer can investigate the crash and gather evidence to prove liability, ensuring you get the compensation you deserve.
Eric A. Stovall, Ltd. Obtains Favorable Results for Bus Accident Victims
Reno bus accident lawyer Eric A. Stovall knows the pain and struggle that can occur for victims of bus accidents. He has extensive experience litigating bus accident cases and has obtained over $10 million in financial recovery for personal injury victims throughout Nevada. Speak with our Reno personal injury attorney today for help determining liability as well as pursuing compensation for your bus accident injuries and damages.