Tupelo Bus Accident Lawyers
While most think of buses as large vehicles designed to transport 70+ people, federal agencies define a bus as any motor vehicle designed primarily to transport nine or more persons, including the driver. In the most recent report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), statistics show that an average of 27,000 people are injured in bus crashes every year. Further, approximately 335 people are killed each year. In Tupelo and Lee County, buses are a popular form of transportation, including those of the Tupelo Public School District’s Transportation Department. Whether you were injured as a passenger on a bus or after a bus hit your car, the Tupelo bus accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready to serve you today. With over 30 years of experience handling bus accident cases from start to finish, and with a team of over 30 attorneys, our firm has successfully obtained over $1.5 billion in compensation for our clients.
Recovering After an Bus Accident
Tupelo bus accidents commonly involve school buses, Greyhound, Megabus, charter buses, and shuttle buses. Many times, bus accidents are chaotic and result in multiple injured parties. As a passenger, you could potentially have a claim against either the bus company or the driver of a car that hit the bus. If you were in a passenger car involved in an accident due to the negligent actions of a bus driver, you could be able to assert a claim against the bus driver and the bus company with the assistance of a personal injury lawyer in Tupelo.
In either situation, negligence will typically need to be established in order for you to recover compensation on behalf of yourself or a loved one, such as a child. Negligence can be established by satisfying the following elements:
- Duty: As the innocent party, you will need to show that the defendant owed you a duty of care. Bus companies are held to high standards as common carriers. Generally speaking, bus drivers have a duty to drive safely under the circumstances and refrain from actions like speeding, running red lights, and texting while driving.
- Breach: Once duty has been established, you must show that the defendant breached that duty of care. This can be shown by proving the defendant violated a traffic violation or operated the bus in an unsafe manner as described above.
- Causation: After showing that the defendant breached a duty of care owed to you, you must then show that the defendant’s breach caused the accident to occur. Many times, this can be established by witness testimony. Officers from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office may be dispatched from 510 N. Commerce Street, Tupelo, MS 38804, to the scene to begin investigating and speaking with eyewitnesses.
- Damages: Lastly, in order to recover fair compensation for your injuries, you will need to prove that you suffered actual damages.
Special considerations can come into play on a Tupelo bus accident case. For private buses, the bus company may be responsible for the collision, either directly or vicariously. Proving direct liability can involve a separate investigation into actions taken by the carrier such as hiring, maintenance, recordkeeping, and more. If the bus was owned or operated by a government entity, a victim must be aware of Mississippi law regarding claims against government entities, including the statute of limitation and liability standard. An experienced bus accident attorney in Tupelo will understand how these issues can come into play and be able to properly advise you throughout the legal process.
Call a Tupelo Bus Accident Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Case
If you have been hurt in a bus accident, you should contact the attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today. We have the resources and knowledge to battle large bus companies and fight for our clients to recover all to which they may be entitled. Our firm handles all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning clients owe no money up front. For a free consultation with an automobile accident lawyer in the Tupelo area, call 800-529-4004 or complete our online form. Let us show you why NST is the way to go for people who need a bus accident attorney in Tupelo.