Whether transporting children to school, commuters to work, or travelers to another city, buses safely carry thousands of passengers in the U.S. every day. However, bus accidents do occur, occasionally leading to injuries and deaths. Those of you who have been injured in bus accidents may be able to seek compensation.
Bus accidents can result from many causes, including fatigue-induced driver error and mechanical failure related to faulty maintenance. Environmental factors can also factor in such crashes, especially when considering that buses often travel at night or in bad weather conditions. When they occur, bus accidents can possibly cause not only more casualties than other traffic mishaps but more serious injuries due to the fact that these vehicles lack some of the occupant protection features found in automobiles. Such injuries as fractures and damage to internal organs can be costly to treat and may require care over a long period of time, and they can also lead to permanent disabilities. Attorneys can help accident victims seek damages related to injuries, and also to compensate for the associated pain and suffering.
A personal injury case stemming from a bus accident may not be easily resolved. Exactly who is responsible for the mishap and thus liable for damages may depend upon a number of factors, some of which may be primary and others contributory. The owner and the operator of the bus may be different companies, and school or public-type buses may be operated by government entities. There may also be third parties who were involved in a particular accident, including other vehicles. Attorneys can work to sort out these issues before any litigation can move forward, and can help you make sense of who may be responsible from a legal standpoint.
If you have been hurt in an accident, you should seek medical attention and have the doctor record any known injuries. You should also refrain from speaking to anyone other than law enforcement personnel. Attorneys who concentrate in personal injury matters should be among the first to be notified by the victims of bus accidents. After the mishap, the insurance company representing the bus firm may attempt to settle for an amount that may or may not cover all the expenses you incur from the accident. The other party may also use various legal techniques to delay any litigation or block or reduce damages. Attorneys understand the law and can do what is necessary to protect your rights throughout the legal process.
Contact Attorney Group for Arkansas
If you or a loved one has been involved in an Arkansas bus accident, contact Attorney Group for Arkansas. We provide free consultations to those injured, and can help you understand your options in your particular situation. If you decide to pursue a claim, we can also connect you with an affiliated attorney that can assist you throughout the legal process. Contact us today to learn more.