Common carriers, which include school buses, tourist buses, and other kinds, are required by law to use the highest standard of care when they’re transporting passengers. The vehicles themselves have to be in good condition, so they aren’t a risk to the people inside. On top of that, the driver must be well-trained and follow traffic and safety laws to the letter.
Most of the time, your children, you, and your loved ones are all safe in these vehicles. They transport you where you need to go, and you don’t think twice about taking the bus to and from your destination. Sometimes, though, vehicular malfunctions, driver-errors, or unsafe passengers cause accidents, and that can leave you or your loved ones suffering from injuries or the wrongful death of someone you care about.
A bus accident can have devastating results. With the weight of the bus combined with the lack of safety restraints, those inside can be thrown from side to side or rolled in the case of a roll-over accident. Items inside the vehicle can come loose, striking passengers and causing head injuries, lacerations, and other harm.
If you’re in an accident, then the incident needs to be reviewed for more information. Was the bus driver asleep at the wheel? Did the bus driver force you off the vehicle when the vehicle got a flat tire, even though it’s safer to stay inside? Did negligence and quick decisions without your safety in mind put you in harm’s way? These are all questions that need to be answered, so you can get the compensation you need. Our website has more information on the best information to collect for your case.