Accident News: A trailblazer was stopped at the light on the Can-of-Worm’s on southbound Highway 53 in Duluth when it was rear ended by a school bus. The driver of the trailblazer, Gilbert Dwight Bascom, was injured. The accident happened on July 1, 2017.
Our lawyers help injured people and families sue bus companies after accidents caused by their drivers.
Three of the cases we have settled are below.
A group of school children rode on a tour bus to an event. On the way home, the bus driver, who had not had enough sleep, fell asleep at the wheel. One student died and dozens were injured.
A city bus driver turned around to talk to a passenger and ran over a person who was crossing the road. That person had the right-of-way and was in the crosswalk.
A little boy stepped off of a school bus, which started moving before he had moved away from the bus. He slipped on ice, fell under the bus and was run over. Tragically, he died from his injuries.
The cases above are examples of negligent drivers causing serious injury and wrongful death.
Not all cases are settled, but most are, sometimes right before trial. The amount of any accident settlement is determined by a number of factors, including the following:
Specifically, you may sue for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement and emotional distress. In the case of a wrongful death claim, you may sue for funeral expenses, loss of care and companionship and other damages.
Many bus crashes involve explosions and fires. Passengers can be severely burned. Attorney Eric Hageman recently recovered $10 million for a man who was had second and third-degree burns on over 50% of his body.
You may have a lawsuit against Greyhound if you were a passenger on a company bus and you were injured in an accident that was, at least in part, the fault of the bus driver and/or the company. A major safety concern is driver fatigue.
Greyhound Lines, Inc. is the largest intercity bus company in the United Sates, for which it is best known. Greyhound also provides charter service to schools and other groups. Additional operating entities include the following: Greyhound Express, Greyhound Connect and BoltBus. The company is owned by FirstGroup PLC.
Recent MegaBus crashes have involved explosions and a fire, crashing into a concrete pillar, and a tire blowing out.
Megabus provides city-to-city transportation for as low as $1. Its parent company is Coach USA North America.
These cases are often caused by driver negligence, including using a cell phone while driving, being too tired to drive safely, not paying attention to the road or other vehicles on the road, driving while intoxicated, or just simply driving poorly.
In addition to negligence, a driver may have violated federal or state laws:
This is important: if a driver violates this or any other state or federal law, that driver will most likely be found negligent, and the driver, his or her employer, and the owner of the bus will be legally responsible to compensate injury victims and their families. Usually, the insurance companies pay settlement and verdict amounts.
To determine who can be sued (and it is often more than one party), your attorney will need to consider the specific facts of your case. Possible parties you may be able to sue include the following: