When you board a bus, you are putting your trust in the stranger sitting behind the wheel. Unfortunately, sometimes that trust is misplaced. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, fatal bus accidents are up 8 percent from 2014. All sorts of factors contribute to bus crashes, from overtired drivers to poorly maintained vehicles.
Many of these factors are under the control of the bus company, which means that some bus crashes could have been avoided if the company followed good safety procedures. Companies are required to maintain safe vehicles, ensure that their drivers are awake and sober, and ensure that you are transported at safe and legal speeds. This is true for all types of bus — from public transit to school buses to private transportation companies. No matter who owns the bus fleet, you are entitled to a safe ride.
If you lost a loved one, or suffered personal injury as a result of a bus accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Although compensation cannot right the wrong of losing a loved one or being seriously injured in an accident, it can help pay for medical bills. Moreover, it is important to hold negligent bus companies accountable, to ensure the safety of future passengers.
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We understand the importance of safe transportation. If you and your loved ones rely on bus transit to go about your daily lives, you have a right to feel safe and secure when on board. Our experienced attorneys will help you explore your options, possibly including the negotiation of a financial settlement. It is important to contact an attorney early to ensure the best possible outcome.
Contact the attorneys of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble today to discuss bus accidents and potential negotiations. Contact us online or call at 1-908-282-3814 or 1-800-586-5817.