The buses of the Greensboro Transit Authority offer a convenient method for getting around the city, but buses, including school buses and chartered motor coaches, add to the risk of accidents. In fact, the most currently available annual crash data available from the North Carolina Department of Transportation reports nine deaths and 548 people injured in 1,888 collisions involving buses.
Pedestrians, occupants of other vehicles, and bus passengers may suffer serious injuries in a crash that may be caused by the negligence of the driver of the bus or the driver of another vehicle involved in the crash. It takes an experienced Greensboro bus accident attorney to analyze the evidence to determine the cause of a bus crash and build a strong case against the parties responsible for causing it, which is why people have come to trust and rely upon the skills and knowledge of the personal injury attorneys at the Clauson Law Firm, PLLC.
Bus accidents usually happen because of negligence, careless conduct or reckless behavior. Some of the common causes of crashes and the parties who may be responsible for causing them include:
Bus driver fatigue: Safely maneuvering a large vehicle through busy streets takes concentration and skill. A bus driver who does not get enough sleep poses a danger to passengers on the bus as well as to pedestrians and the occupants of other vehicles on the road.
Driver distraction: Talking and texting on a cellphone are dangerous behaviors engaged in by drivers of all types of vehicles. They distract drivers from focusing on the task of maintaining control over their vehicles and from observing other vehicles and pedestrians using the roads. Distraction, whether of a driver of a car or of a bus, can cause a collision.
Blind spots: Blind spots occur when the driver of a bus or other vehicle is unable to see something going on outside of the vehicle. They may be caused by inadequate or improperly adjusted mirrors that do not allow drivers to see other vehicles or pedestrians. For example, a pedestrian crossing directly in front of a stopped bus may not been visible to the bus driver unless the vehicle is equipped with a mirror allowing the driver to see the area close to the front of the bus.
Maintenance failures: The failure of a bus company to perform routine maintenance and safety inspections on its vehicles could lead to the failure of key safety systems, including brakes and steering. Liability when an accident is caused by a lack of proper maintenance could be attributed to the driver for failing to inspect the bus before taking it on the road and on the bus company for failing to inspect, repair and maintenance its equipment.
Poor or inadequate driver training: It takes proper training and practice for a driver to become proficient at safely handling. Companies that hire inexperienced drivers and fail to provide sufficient training may be held responsible when one of their drivers causes an accident.
Collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians may have tragic consequences with injuries or fatalities to passengers on the bus, occupants of other vehicles, people waiting to board, pedestrians and others. Traumatic brain injuries, lacerations, broken bones, and other serious injuries requiring extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation may occur entitling you to be compensated by the parties responsible for causing the crash.
If you are injured in a bus accident, statements you make at the scene about possible causes of the crash or about the extent of your injuries can hurt your claim for compensation. Do not discuss the accident with anyone representing the company or municipal agency that owns the bus or with investigators or adjusters working on behalf of insurance carriers for any vehicles involved in the collision.
Instead, obtain medical treatment for your injuries and call us to speak with a Greensboro bus accident attorney. We have the experience and resources to thoroughly investigate the accident, determine its cause and identify the parties whose negligence contributed to causing the collision. Greensboro NC bus accident lawyer gives you peace of mind knowing that should the bus be owned or operated by a state or local government agency, such as the Greensboro Transit authority, all rules and procedures to preserve your right to sue for damages will be followed.
If you have been injured in a bus accident, you need time to recover without the stress and anxiety of worrying about how you will be compensated for the medical bills, lost wages, and the pain and suffering caused another party's negligence. At the Clauson Law Firm, PLLC, a Greensboro bus accident lawyer takes the burden off your shoulders by aggressively pursuing your claim for damages against all parties responsible for causing the accident. Call us today at 833-680-0177, or contact us through our website, for a free case review. Let us put you at ease.