Passengers riding in a bus or a van do so with the expectation they will be transported safely to their destination. Bus accidents are, however, unfortunately common. A bus crash often leads to more serious injuries, usually because bus passengers have no protective restraints such as seatbelts. Such an accident can be even more tragic if the vehicle involved is a school bus as it typically transports children.
Bus accident statistics from the Ohio Department of Public Safety show that in 2015 alone, a total of 3,593 buses and vans were involved in crashes in the state. Some 720 of these crashes resulted in injuries while 4 resulted in fatalities. School buses were directly involved in 1,275 of the crashes, resulting in 289 injuries.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a bus or other public transit accident, you will want to pinpoint the responsible party and fight for justice. The Fitch Law Firm provides the competent legal help you need. Call (855) LAW-OHIO for a free initial consultation.
Causes of Bus Crashes
A bus accident can result from various factors, but a common theme in many bus accident cases is negligence. Some factors in bus crashes are:
- Driver fatigue
- Inexperienced or inadequately trained driver
- Poor bus maintenance
- Defective vehicle parts or equipment
- Poor road maintenance
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving behavior
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Note that while many of these factors may be the fault of the bus driver, some could be traced back to a different party such as the bus company or even a public agency.
Bus Accident Injury Claims
When a bus accident is caused by someone’s negligence, victims may be entitled to compensation. However, claiming compensation for bus accident injuries may be more complicated than typical accident cases. Unlike regular car crashes, bus accidents involve entities that control the bus, whether it’s a private transport company or a governmental body.
In other words, bus accident victims may have to face not just the driver but the bus company and their insurance company as well. This presents a huge challenge for victims, and sadly, they end up settling for less than the compensation they deserve.
The best way for a bus crash victim to make a claim is to enlist a competent injury lawyer who stands up to large companies and is sincere in fighting for the injured.
Public Transit & Bus Accident Lawyer You Can Count On
If you need reliable legal help after obtaining injuries in a bus or any other kind of public transportation accident, the Fitch Law Firm is ready to fight with you. Over the last 30 years, numerous Ohioans have trusted us to handle their injury cases and we have helped them win even in the face of corporations.
Talk to the Fitch Law Firm today by calling (855) LAW-OHIO for a free initial consultation.