Who We Can Hold Responsible for Death or Injuries after a Bus Crash
When we are contacted after a bus crash, we immediately begin investigating the crash and work to preserve all of the crash scene evidence. This allows us to be able to hold as many different people and companies responsible for you or your loved ones injuries. Who can be held responsible for your bus crash will be specific to your case.
Our attorneys have handled many cases where our clients have been wrongly blamed for causing accidents. By investigating the accident scene, poring over company documents, and interviewing witnesses, our lawyers have gotten justice for these clients by clearing their names and getting them the compensation they deserved.
Bus drivers are not only required by law to operate their vehicles safely, but they are also responsible for ensuring that their vehicle is in such a condition that it can be safely operated. If a driver’s negligence in fulfilling their duties can be proven after an accident, they can often be held responsible for that accident.
When a bus company is hired to safely transport children or other passengers, and those passengers don’t arrive safely at their destination, that bus company is usually at least partially responsible for the injuries or death of any passengers that might have been aboard the bus.
There are a number of different options school districts have for transporting their students to and from schools. Some school districts operate their own fleet of buses, others contract out the transportation to a private company, and others lease vehicles from a private company and employ their own drivers. How a school district chooses to operate doesn’t change this simple fact: School districts are responsible for their students’ safety from the moment they reach their designated bus stop in the morning till the moment they leave it in the afternoon. There is no responsibility more serious than our children’s safety, and when a school district neglects this, they need to be held accountable.
There is no doubt that there are challenges associated with driving a bus through city streets or in rush hour traffic. That doesn’t change the fact that governmental entities responsible for providing public transportation are also responsible for injuries occurring in or caused by their vehicles. Just like private bus companies, public transit authorities are responsible for the condition of their vehicles and for the actions of their employees.
Bus companies are required to maintain their vehicles so that they can be operated safely and must only employ qualified drivers. If bus failure is partially responsible for a crash, the owner of the bus and/or the company responsible for the maintenance of the bus can often be held accountable.
When the design of a bus or faulty parts installed in it during manufacturing cause an accident, or contribute to the severity of the injuries sustained in an accident, the manufacturer of the bus can be held responsible.