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When any loved one takes the bus we entrust the regulated system to follow through with their job when transporting us with safety and up-to-date regulations. Usually the school system or an entity of government is responsible for facilitating the process safely. However, the individual driving the bus could not be fit for the job at the time, insurance companies  or manufacturers could be responsible. The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) data suggest that buses and motor coach crashes and fatalities have surged in recent years.

At Hollingsworth and Mumen we investigate and find out who all is responsible and if you have a solid case. It is priority to prove the negligence of a driver or the bus company. Reporting a bus accident to local law enforcement and obtaining information from other passengers are important steps that are absolutely necessary. Taking pictures of a bus crash and seeing a doctor are also important steps that will significantly help your case. At our law firm, you do not pay unless we get paid. See contact us or the immediate free case evaluation page and let us do all of the work.

Causes of most bus accidents:
  • Blocked bus lanes caused by other vehicles.
  • Unpredictable drivers and sudden lane changes without warning.
  • Buses avoiding collisions by veering off the roadway.
  • Bus lanes being used by pedestrians.
  • Speeding in unsafe conditions resulting from bad weather.
  • Sudden brake failure or other mechanic failures of a bus.

If an accident is partly due to your own fault, you can still recover from the party that was primarily responsible for your injuries. However, the amount of your recovery will be reduced under what is called 'comparative negligence', or 'comparative fault'. The opposing party's carelessness is compared to yours, and that determines the percentage of liability and compensation is calculated accordingly.

Sources of compensation for bus accident injuries/losses

  • Owners and drivers of any vehicle on the road may be liable for the conduct of the driver and abiding by the traffic laws in each state. These car owners may range from the parents of drivers under the age of 18 to company entities providing their employees or contractors with automobiles. to aid them in their job.
  • Uninsured Motorists coverage may exist under your and/or your passengers’ policies, which can provide additional sources of compensation in a car accident under certain circumstances.
  • Government units and agencies may share  traffic/auto accident if their services/technology/construction/maintenance or anything they are responsible to do fails in any way including abiding by state, county or city codes and proper regulations. See dangerous roads page
  • Employers have the responsibility for any traffic/auto accident caused by their employees during the time of performing their job.
  • Lost wages if you take time off from your job, sick leave or a vacation time to recover from injuries due to an accident, we may be able to get compensation for this time away from work.
  • Vehicle/motorcycle manufacturers may face separate liability for negligence during the manufacturing process or design process for injuries due to an accident.
  • Wrongful Death
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Impairment of earning capacity
  • Life care expenses
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Loss of consortium (the services of an injured spouse)

  • Loss of advice including comfort, assistance, protection, counsel, companionship