Thousands of Floridians travel by bus every day. From the Palm Tran and BCT to school buses and charter buses, they are a great, and often safe, mode of transportation. But sometimes, bus accidents do happen. Whether it’s an accident with a car, a result of a mechanical failure, or a rollover, bus accidents may leave passengers with serious and possibly debilitating injuries.
Bus companies have a duty to keep their vehicles in good working order and to hire drivers that operate them safely. Many bus accidents happen because they were not properly maintained or the driver was inexperienced, negligent or unfamiliar with the roadway. Weather and road conditions may also play a part in an accident.
Unlike passenger vehicles, buses lack seatbelts and other safety equipment that protect you during a crash. Heavier weight and a higher center of gravity makes a bus more difficult to handle and prone to rolling over.
After a bus accident, you may suffer injuries such as:
Filing a claim after a bus accident can be complicated because of the number of entities that may be involved. If another driver caused the accident, you may be able to recover from the third party’s insurer. But if the driver of the bus was responsible, it may be more difficult, depending on who owns and operates the bus.
If the bus was a government-owned vehicle, such as a school bus or public transit, you’ll have to file a claim against the government’s insurer, or a lawsuit against the government entity. For one that’s privately owned, such as a charter or tour bus, your claim will be filed against the bus company and their insurer.
Bus accidents can be more devastating than a car accident, and your injuries may be more severe. You may be able to recover compensation for:
Florida’s statute of limitations allows four years for you to file a claim. It’s important to start your claim as soon as possible and work with an experienced Florida bus accident attorney from the start.
If you or a loved one experienced serious injuries in a bus accident, you deserve to be compensated. Contact Klein Law Group at 561-353-2800 to set up a free consultation today.