Be it a trip home to grandma’s or a ride to school, buses remain a very common mode of transportation. While the size of the vehicle may be larger than most, even a large vehicle cannot always protect its occupants from injury or death due to negligent bus drivers or poorly maintained buses.
The highest level of care for bus passengers
Buses are generally defined as vehicles designed to carry 10 or more passengers, excluding the driver. As operators transporting the general public, bus drivers are usually considered common carriers and are held to the highest standard of care, thereby requiring bus operators to take all necessary precautions to protect passengers. Despite these precautions, bus accidents can often lead to serious injuries and even fatalities, often due to the fault of the driver. When these types of accidents happen, it can leave the injured persons and their families with large medical bills, personal losses and in financial hardship.
Bus Types Involved In Crashes
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, at least 11,000 bus accidents with injuries happened each year from 1988-2008. These accidents resulted in anywhere from 21,000 to 43,000 injuries per year. The majority of fatal bus accidents happen with the youngest passengers, school children. In the fatal accidents that happened involving buses from 2000-2010, the highest percentage were school buses:
- 40% of all fatal bus crashes involved school buses
- 35% of the fatal bus crashes involved transit buses
- 12% of fatal bus accidents were with inter-city buses
School bus accidents
While no one would argue that school bus drivers have difficult jobs, even the best trained driver can make a mistake that can endanger the children in their care. Accidents can happen while driving, but there are also accidents that happened when loading and unloading children. Drivers must use extraordinary care when allowing children on and off the bus. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has recovered money for children injured in a variety of school bus accidents, including the driver’s erratic driving, failure to keep a proper lookout as child crosses the street, and other types of accidents due to distractions.
Compensation for bus accident injuries
When someone is injured due to a bus accident, it is much more intricate than a passenger motor vehicle accident. There may be many different entities involved, depending on who owns the bus, who maintains the bus, who the bus driver works for and the insurance companies involved. These companies will have an expert team of lawyers on their side and will try and pay as little as possible for the damage caused to an injured person. Keep in mind that insurance companies are ultimately in business to make money, and do not always give fair compensation for accidents covered under their policies. Before trying to handle these negotiations yourself, give us a call at Rosenfeld Injury lawyers.
Chicago Bus Accident Attorneys
As Chicago accident attorneys who represent victims of bus crash accidents, we understand the complexities between the various entities involved in these cases. Frequently, there may be a responsible driver who is an employee of the bus operator, which is different than the actual owner of the bus. Understanding this dynamic is crucial to litigating bus crash injury cases in a way that maximizes the recovery for injured passengers.
If you or your child has been injured while riding bus or while under the supervision of a bus driver, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help you recover the money you deserve for your injuries. Call our office today for a free consultation with a Chicago bus crash lawyer and learn about what you are entitled to under the tort law of Illinois.
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