Charter Bus Accidents
Charter buses are used for a variety of reasons, most often to transport large groups of people for weddings, business functions, sporting events, fields trips, and tours, to name a few. These buses may seat anywhere from 20 to 90 passengers, depending on the size of the bus. Due to their large size, they are difficult to maneuver and take longer to come to a stop than smaller vehicles. As a result, charter bus crashes are common and can cause serious injuries to those involved. If you have been injured in a charter bus crash, call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today for a free consultation with one of our Memphis bus accident attorneys. We understand how to investigate complex cases, which could involve retaining expert witnesses.Seeking Compensation for Your Losses After a Charter Bus Crash
In 2014, more than 872,000 buses were in use across the country. That same year, there were 233 fatalities and thousands of injuries caused by crashes involving buses of all types, including school buses. In these crashes, injuries included whiplash and spinal cord injuries from the sudden impact of the collision, broken bones or fractures from being thrown from their seats, and head injuries, lacerations, and cuts from hitting the window. Charter bus crash victims may require extensive hospitalization, surgery, or rehabilitation, and they may suffer permanent disfigurement, scarring, or disability as a result of the accident.
Who is responsible for your medical bills and other losses following a charter bus accident? That will depend on whose negligence caused the accident. Typically, the negligent party will be legally and financially responsible for the collision. To prove negligence you will need to show that a driver breached a duty of care to you that caused your injuries and losses. If the bus driver was at fault, then you may be able to pursue a claim against the bus driver and owner. Typically, the charter bus company will be vicariously liable for any accidents caused by drivers transporting passengers. Further, most bus drivers and their employers are subject to regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
What happens if the bus driver was not at fault for an accident in Memphis or the surrounding areas? Suppose a car rear-ended the bus, injuring 25 passengers on the bus. A major issue in many bus accident cases is too little insurance. Passenger vehicles in most southern states are only required to carry $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident in liability insurance coverage, and if this amount has to be split among all 25 injured claimants, it may not even come close to adequately compensating each victim for his or her losses.
In some cases, the charter bus company may carry uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage that could pay additional sums to accident victims. If the charter bus company does not carry uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, you would have to file a claim under your own uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage if you have that coverage. Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is generally not required of motorists, so it is up to the individual driver to decide whether to purchase this optional coverage.Call for a Free Consultation with a Charter Bus Collision Attorney
Charter bus accidents can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages, depending on the occupancy of the bus. There may be multiple claimants who are all pursuing recovery from the same insurance company. NST can fight for you to make sure you get your fair share of the recovery. If you are a charter bus crash victim, call our office today so that one of our auto accident attorneys can discuss your case and the many ways we can assist you during this trying time. Our lawyers have been handling personal injury cases for more than 30 years, and we represent people in places like Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville, as well as other communities in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky. For a free consultation, call 800-529-4004 or complete our online form.