One of the questions often queried to a Tampa personal injury firm involves commercial bus companies and claims for injured passengers. Thousands of people are injured each year in bus accidents throughout Florida highways. In many cases, injuries from bus accidents are serious, even fatal, because passengers are not supplied seat belts during travel on buses. But the one question everyone asks Tampa personal injury firms is, in the end, who bears the responsibility? That all depends on the specifics of the case.
The Responsible Party in a Bus Accident
As in any type of accident, the facts are unique and specific to that specific event. This means that every time a bus is involved in an accident, the cause may be different and the person considered as the culprit might not always be the same.
Often, bus accidents occur when another driver in a vehicle acts negligently. If the driver is distracted or simply not paying attention, lack of driving safely, as required by law, may result in another driver causing a collision. This can often occur when there is heavy local traffic and another bus driver is very close and it is unable to stop the bus to avoid an accident.
What Legal Rights are Available for a Bus accident?
When you become a victim of a bus accident, the law can provide one or more civil claims for you to pursue to get a monetary settlement for your injuries. Claims available to a victim depends largely on the specific circumstances of the accident and who is at fault in the accident.
If another driver causes a collision with a bus while you are a passenger, you may have a claim against the other driver for your injuries. If the other driver does not have enough insurance coverage available to cover all injuries sustained in the accident, you may also be entitled to file a grievance for being uninsured or under-insured against their insurance company or the owner of the bus company.
Alternatively, if the accident was caused by the driver of a bus and was a passenger on the bus or other vehicle involved in the accident, you may have a claim against the bus driver and the bus company. This is true even if the bus is owned by a local municipality.
Finally, if it’s found that a defect in the bus was the cause of the accident, and it was not the actions of the drivers, your attorney may have reason to file a lawsuit against the manufacturing company, or the owner/operator of the bus company, and anyone who is responsible for the actual maintenance.
The possibility of filing claims for a bus accident can be complicated and complex, and all the more reasons you should look into consulting an attorney.