Injured Bus Passengers
Buses serve as transportation for a variety of functions – everyday transit, school, field trips, charter trips, and more. Most bus trips serve their primary purpose, transporting occupants to and from their destination in a safe manner. Others do not end so well and result in an accident. If you were riding on a bus when it crashed, you can file a claim to recover for your damages. The Memphis bus accident lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can help injured bus passengers recover full compensation against the responsible parties.Determining Who Is Liable for a Bus Crash
In assessing your case and the best way to proceed, it is first necessary for your personal injury attorney to conduct a thorough investigation into the accident and surrounding circumstances. When our bus accident lawyers represent bus passenger victims in Memphis and elsewhere, we seek to uncover all available evidence. This includes getting all police reports, interviewing witnesses, searching for video footage and taking steps to prevent the destruction of evidence. Sometimes it may be necessary to retain an expert witness to examine black box data and inspect the vehicles involved.
Many school buses, charter buses, MATA (Memphis Area Transit Authority) buses, and other large transport buses like Greyhound must follow certain rules set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Bus companies and bus operators must properly conduct maintenance and repairs. Further, drivers are subject to special hours of service guidelines designed to prevent drowsy driving. It is common for bus drivers to be drug tested after an accident.If another driver caused an accident with the bus in which you were a passenger, you can assert a claim against their liability insurance carrier. You may also be able to make a claim with the bus company’s carrier for additional compensation, or your own uninsured/underinsured motorist carrier.
If the bus driver caused the accident, the driver’s employer can be held vicariously responsible for his negligence (such as speeding, running a red light, making an improper turn, or texting while driving) under the legal theory known as respondeat superior. In a bus accident, the owner and/or operator of the bus can be held responsible for the damages caused by the crash. For example, let’s say your child was injured on a school bus on their way home. Some school districts in Tennessee operate their own buses, while others hire a third party contractor. In Memphis, for instance, Shelby County Schools contracts with Durham School Services. Identifying the proper parties is an important step in a bus passenger accident claim.What Are Passengers Injured in Bus Accidents Entitled to Recover?
If you got hurt while riding on a bus, you can assert a claim for your damages. Following a motor vehicle accident, injured victims may incur medical bills, out of pocket expenses like prescriptions, and time off work. If the accident is traumatic in nature, permanent injuries or even wrongful death can unfortunately result. In the past, our lawyers have helped injured bus passengers recover the following forms of damages in personal injury lawsuits:
- Medical bills (including future costs)
- Hospital and therapy bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The amount of compensation you can receive will depend on the circumstances surrounding your case, since all cases are different. Our bus wreck attorneys take a personalized approach when representing clients. By utilizing our skills, knowledge, and resources, we will help you pursue all damages to which you may be entitled by law in an effort to help you recover full compensation for everything you have gone through.How Can I Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Lawyer?
To contact a lawyer with experience handling bus accident cases in Memphis and beyond, call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form. With multiple parties involved, bus wreck cases can be complex, meaning you want a diligent, experienced, and dedicated legal team on your side. Our Memphis attorneys will guide injured bus passengers through the legal process, providing personal and individual representation every step of the way. We represent clients injured throughout Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky. Let us show you why NST is the way to go.