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Bus accidents may not happen often, but when they do, they endanger many. Most auto accidents involve only a few parties. Bus accidents, however, can hurt pedestrians, bicyclists, other drivers, and all the passengers on board. Further, they can raise confusing insurance questions that these victims, if seriously injured, may not have the time or energy to navigate.
Our team at Triumph Law has over 20 years of experience serving clients in Sacramento, and we’re not afraid to stand up for you, whether against a private insurer or a big bus company. Whether you just have questions about what we can do or you currently need our assistance, we offer free consultations to all bus accident injury victims.
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The drivers of buses and other oversized vehicles are required to have a special license endorsement before they can be hired. This means they have undergone additional training in working with large vehicles. Ideally, they remember and adhere to relevant guidelines whenever they are on the road.
In the real world, bus drivers can make mistakes or poor choices just like anyone behind the wheel. However, because of the vast amount of harm they can cause, their negligence must be addressed. Whether that means holding the company that hired them accountable or filing suit against another party, our team can help you determine the best approach to receiving compensation after an injury.
What Causes Bus Accidents?
Drivers and Companies
Are negligent bus drivers habitual rulebreakers, or are they just having an off day? Unfortunately, it may be the former. Some institutions choose to hire bus drivers despite their spotty records. The most common offender when it comes to employing potentially dangerous drivers is the charter bus industry.
One worrisome study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that repeat offenses are unfortunately common, but their likelihood may be downplayed. Of the charter bus accidents in their study, 44% involved a driver who had, in the past 3 years, received either a suspension or a conviction or held at least some liability in an accident. Nearly 1 in 3 charter bus accidents studied involved some sort of driver error. By hiring these drivers, companies may be endangering their passengers.
Manufacturers and Mechanics
While driver behavior matters, it is not the only thing that can cause an accident. Buses require quality parts and constant maintenance due to their heavy use. Any oversight here could have deadly consequences. From tire separations to brake failures to other mechanical malfunctions, one small error can set off a chain reaction that ends in a dangerous crash.
The cause of a bus crash will determine where you should look for compensation. Our attorneys can help investigate the accident to determine what went wrong.
Depending on what we find, you could be able to hold parties including:
- a school district,
- your local government,
- a bus company,
- a bus sponsor,
- a manufacturer, and
- a third-party mechanic
In some circumstances, more than one party might share liability. This can turn an already complex legal situation into an even bigger fight, so make sure you have an experienced and tough attorney on your side.
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Anyone who was seriously injured in a bus accident caused by someone else may have the right to pursue damages. However, insurers often try to deflect blame and/or may refuse to pay. If you’re in this situation, call Triumph Law for help. We’re seasoned accident attorneys who aren’t afraid to take your case to court if you are not offered a fair settlement. Call our Sacramento team at (916) 471-6098 to schedule a free consultation!