Bus Accident Lawyer
Do you need a Bus Accident Lawyer?
Riding the bus is easily one of the easiest ways to travel around town or between states in New England. This form of public transportation is more eco-friendly than driving, it’s generally less expensive and it lets passengers focus on other tasks during their commute.
Yet, while buses are convenient, they are not always safe. A factsheet provided by the Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety claims that 19 people die and 7,887 are injured in bus crashes each year per statistics offered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 1999 to 2008. Furthermore, a special report conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board reports that buses have a higher likelihood of fatal accident involvement per registered vehicle.
Sadly, some bus accidents may lead to serious injuries or death, but if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bus crash, bus accident lawyers from Rob Levine & Associates can help you determine who was liable and what you can do to recover due payment. We are familiar with applicable laws in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts and will work with you to present a valid claim for damages.
Uncover Liability With An Experienced Bus Accident Lawyer
Of course, there is no one single cause of all bus crashes because each accident may be the result of different factors. The following is a list of components that may contribute to a bus accident.
- Driver fatigue
- Driver distraction due to electronics, food or even unruly passengers on the bus
- Faulty bus parts
- Aggressive driving or road rage, either on the part of the bus driver or another driver on the road
- Lack of driver experience behind the wheel of a bus
- Driver intoxication due to drugs or alcohol
The presence of any or all of these factors can cause a serious accident. Identifying what caused or contributed to the accident is vital to establishing liability. The bus accident lawyers at Rob Levine & Associates can help you collect evidence and investigate the crash.
The Responsibility of Common Carriers
In the realm of bus accidents, a doctrine of common carrier liability comes into play. This doctrine, while varying across state lines, ultimately states that common carriers, such as buses and other forms of public transportation, must adhere to a duty of care during operation. Failure to uphold this standard of care may place liability directly on the bus company. The bus company also may be liable if it allowed an inexperienced driver to operate the bus or if an intoxicated driver caused an accident.
A private bus company or a government agency responsible for the bus may be liable. In the latter case, government liability laws will come into play, which can vary, depending on the location of the accident or where you boarded the bus, Rhode Island, Connecticut or Massachusetts.
If the bus crash was due to defective parts, liability instead may be placed on the manufacturer. Because of the complexity of these issues, it is important to speak with a bus accident attorney who can help.
Have you been involved in a bus crash? Contact an experienced bus accident lawyer at Rob Levine & Associates.
At Rob Levine & Associates, we understand how traumatic it can be to be involved in a bus crash. We also realize how important it is to file a timely claim in order to recover compensation and to gather all necessary evidence in order to strengthen your claim.
Please contact us today for help if you’re in Providence, Boston, Fall River, Hartford, or New Haven. While you are focused on recovering from your injuries or grieving the loss of a loved one, our bus accident lawyers will be working diligently to recover due payment. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today.