Marietta Bus Accident Lawyer
School Bus, City Bus, Private Bus, Tour Bus and Other Bus Accidents in Marietta
There's no doubt that buses serve a good purpose: reducing the number of cars on the road, reduce gas consumption, and lowering the amount of toxic fumes into the environment. But when there is an accident involving a bus, the consequences are usually very serious. Due to the size and weight of a bus, an impact can result in major property damage and serious injury or
wrongful death. Most buses don't have seat belts or restraints. And while some say the structure of the bus allows it to absorb impacts better than an automobile, there are many instances in serious accidents where passengers have been violently thrown around inside or ejected from the bus, causing much more severe injuries and death. If a bus hits a pedestrian, it can be catastrophic. If a bus collides with a car, the chances are high that the car passengers will suffer serious injuries or loss of life.
Accidents involving buses can be complex. If it's a public school bus, the government owns it. Large companies own other types of buses. That means large insurance companies and more regulations. Need a lawyer for an injury case in Marietta, GA? If you have been injured in a bus accident, whether you were a passenger on the bus, a pedestrian, or a driver or passenger in another automobile, you should contact a personal injury attorney in Marietta before talking to anyone or signing any forms.
Common Causes of Bus Accidents
Buses most commonly are school buses, commercial buses (such as Greyhound), airport shuttle buses, tour buses, and prisoner transport buses. Any of these can be involved in an accident due to several possible causes, which include but are not limited to:
- Bus driver negligence
- Driver fatigue
- Driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Not properly stopping at a red light or stop sign
- Improper bus maintenance
- Bad weather conditions
- Faulty equipment, such as tires or brakes
- Hazardous road conditions, such as fallen rocks, large potholes, etc.
Any accident involving a bus, especially those in which there are injuries or deaths, requires a full investigation involving both state and federal authorities. The facts of the accident will need to be determined, including interviewing witnesses and obtaining accident analyses from accident reconstruction experts. A highly skilled Marietta bus accident attorney from our firm should be representing you as early as possible after the accident. It may be that an automobile ran the stop sign and broadsided the bus. Or the bus had defective tires, causing it to slide off the highway, and there had not been a regular inspection as scheduled. This latter example could mean that both the tire company and the agency that owns the bus could be found negligent. The driver of a school bus may have fallen asleep at the wheel. It's possible both the driver and the school district could be found negligent. Finding out who is at fault will determine who pays for injuries or damages.
Searching for an attorney for a personal injury case in Marietta?
Injuries can be serious in a bus accident. Bone fractures, lacerations, internal injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, skull fractures, head and brain trauma, spinal cord injuries and others can occur. And subsequent to the injuries, there can be surgeries, amputations, paralysis, lengthy rehabilitation, and permanent disabilities, not to mention loss of income from work and other non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
Injured in an accident in Marietta? The party at fault must compensate those who have been injured. Our team at Jones & Swanson in Marietta fights hard for our clients to protect their rights and to seek the compensation they deserve. Our thorough investigations as well as our negotiation and courtroom skills can be a distinct advantage to you in your case. When we take on a bus accident case, you can be confident that you have a very strong advocate on your side. Call today.