With no seat belts or airbags, passengers can be thrown from their seats, slammed into other seats, and thrown into each other.
When bus accidents occur, passengers are often more seriously injured than those in a car accident due to the sheer weight and size of the bus, and with its high center mass relative to its wheel base, a bus has a higher likelihood to flip over if hit on the side. However, that same size and weight can cause life-threatening injuries to drivers and passengers in vehicles hit by a bus.
Bus Accident Lawsuits
Buses are considered common carriers and the laws hold common carriers to a very high duty of care to its passengers, to drive safely and protect their health and well-being.
Despite this, lawsuits involving buses can be complex especially depending on the type of bus involved – private, city, charter or school bus. Since buses are regulated for safety, an investigation into the accident could include the Missouri or Kansas Department of Transportation or even the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Things can become confusing, fast.
Bus Accident Attorneys Fight for Your Rights
The bus accident attorneys at Nash & Franciskato, however, understand how to handle local, state and federal agencies and will investigate your claim thoroughly. As part of our process, we not only look at the details of the accident, but also:
- Review employee logs and safety training
- Inspect maintenance logs
- Look at all potential sources of liability – the city, bus or charter company, the driver and more
- Examine police reports and photographs of the scene
- Research weather reports if weather was a factor
Our goal is to help you obtain the maximum compensation possible so that you can get your life back on track.
Receive a Free Evaluation from Experienced Bus Accident Attorneys
Whether you were injured as a passenger on a bus or hit by a bus while driving another vehicle, we take the work off your shoulders, enabling you to concentrate on healing. In the Kansas City area, contact the bus accident attorneys at Nash & Franciskato for a free, no-obligation review of your case.