Detroit Bus Accident Attorney
Have You Been Hurt in a Bus Crash?
Buses are a common site across Michigan. Hundreds of thousands of passengers use buses annually to get from place to place. Some buses offer local transportation around a city and service commercial districts, while others use buses as their means to commute to and from work. Still, others decide to ride on a bus as they travel out of state to see loved ones. Whatever the reason, Michigan residents are boarding buses in large numbers every year and that is a pattern that is expected to continue in the coming years.
Most of these citizens travel safely while aboard these buses but unfortunately, many sustain injuries each year in Michigan bus crashes. Often these injuries are very significant, in part because commuters do not use seat belts while riding on most buses. With many bus companies servicing Detroit and Michigan in its entirety, it may not be shocking that these bus crashes account for numerous injuries every year and unfortunately some might result in death. If you suffer an injury, be sure to talk to a Detroit bus crash attorney ASAP.
What are some of the common reasons for bus accidents?
Bus drivers encounter a lot of the same challenges as any driver, plus some other unique problems. Some common causes of bus crashes include:
- Driver distraction– Motorists who pay more attention to their phones or various other electronic devices are much more prone to accidents. Due to the number of occupants on buses, bus drivers also are more prone to passenger distractions than someone operating a car.
- Driver fatigue– Similar to a truck driver, bus drivers have a schedule to meet. This commonly means they work long hours without taking sufficient breaks. The loud atmosphere of a bus can also wear on a driver.
- Speeding– To make their scheduled stops, drivers might disregard speed limits or road conditions because of inclement weather.
- Vehicle maintenance– A poorly maintained bus can crash because of a failing part.
- Insufficient training– Too often, drivers lack proper training on the safest practices for operating a bus. The lack of training or poor training can cause a driver’s mistake that can result in an accident.
What injuries are common in bus crashes?
Just like any kind of accident on Detroit streets, the injuries from a bus accident might in part depend on the speed of travel and the size of the other vehicle or vehicles in the collision.
The most common injuries include:
- Fractures (broken bones) that need surgical repair
- Head and brain injuries
- Back & neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Scars and lacerations
- Wrongful Death
What Legal Rights are Available to a Bus Accident Victim?
As a bus crash victim, the law might offer you several civil claims to pursue. The claims available will rely on the circumstances of a particular accident and who is at fault in the accident.
At Fault Third Parties
If another driver causes a crash with a bus while you are a passenger on that bus, you might have a claim against the other driver for your injuries. If the other driver does not have sufficient insurance coverage available for all of the injuries sustained in the crash or if the other driver has no insurance available at all, you might also have a right to bring an uninsured or underinsured claim against your own insurance company or the bus company itself, if there is UM coverage available.
At Fault Bus Driver
On the other hand, if the crash is because of a negligent bus driver and you were either a bus occupant or in another vehicle, you may have a claim against the bus driver and the bus company. This holds true even if the bus owner is a municipality, like a city bus used for public transportation.
Safety Defects on a Bus
Lastly, if the accident is caused by some defect in the bus itself and not through the actions of any drivers, you might have a claim against the:
- manufacturer of the bus
- seller of the bus
- owner/operator of the bus
- anybody who performed negligent maintenance while servicing the bus
Any bus driver who is injured in a collision may also have a claim for worker’s compensation for their injuries.
The possibility of so many claims makes a bus accident case complicated and complex. Typically the more vehicles involved in the accident, the more complicated the case( s). This is a reason that when picking a bus crash lawyer in Detroit, you want to choose one with experience prosecuting personal injury cases.
What do I do after I’m involved in a bus crash?
You may be shaken and in a state of shock after being involved in a bus accident. However, there are a few important things that you need to do before leaving the scene.
- Call 911
- Get witness information
- Seek medical care
- Get in touch with a bus crash attorney
How much can I recover financially after a bus accident?
The amount of money you might receive after a bus accident will depend a lot on the seriousness of your injuries. In general, you might recover the costs of your:
- medical bills
- lost income
- pain and suffering
- loss of companionship
- lost earning capacity
- damages caused by permanent disability or disfigurement
Families who have lost a loved one in a Detroit bus crash may also collect for any treatment their loved one sustained prior to passing away as well as compensation for funeral and burial costs, loss of companionship, and various other damages. Speak with an experienced Detroit bus crash attorney to learn all of your options.
Have you been hurt in a Detroit Bus Crash?
The Detroit bus crash attorneys at Marko Law will work to help you get the financial recovery that you are entitled to. Bus crash damages might consist of: medical expenses, disfigurement, pain and suffering, loss of normal life, loss of income, and more. We additionally seek to recover present and future costs when defending an accident victim.
Contact Us Today to Get a Free Consultation
If you are ready to start your case or need more information about Bus Accidents in Detroit, Michigan, contact Marko Law Firm today. Let us represent you as you seek justice and compensation for your pain and damages. Call (313) 777-7LAW today to get a free consultation or visit our website: MarkoLaw.com to get more information.