The rising cost of gas over the past decade has caused a growing number of people across the country to choose public transportation options to get around on a daily basis. As a result, the number of buses on the road has increased. Local and regional bus services, school buses, airport transport buses, and charters are regularly used for safe, inexpensive, and convenient transportation. But in many ways, this places other drivers and pedestrians on the road at greater risk of serious injury in the event of an accident.
When a car accident occurs involving a bus and a passenger car, the people in the car generally bear the brunt of the damage. Due to the large size of most buses, injuries in these accidents are often catastrophic in nature and may include:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Multiple broken bones
Many of these injuries are life-altering, requiring years of ongoing medical treatment. It is important to have an experienced car-bus accident lawyer on your side to ensure your rights are protected.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has established laws which regulate the bussing industry. Bus companies and their employees are legally required to meet certain safety standards. These include regulations governing the hiring and training of bus drivers as well as the way buses are inspected and maintained.
Unfortunately, these standards are often not adhered to, placing others on the road at even greater risk. An unqualified or poorly trained bus driver substantially increases the risk of a serious accident, as does a driver who is operating a bus that has not been properly maintained.
If you are injured in a car accident caused by an inadequately trained bus driver or poorly maintained bus, the negligent bus company may be liable for your damages. The experienced car accident lawyers at Van Dorn & Curtiss have represented many individuals throughout New Hampshire who have been seriously injured in a car-bus accident. We know the complex federal and state laws which govern these claims, and we will fight aggressively to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Please contact Van Dorn & Curtiss today to schedule your free car accident consultation. We serve clients in New Hampshire and Vermont, including Concord, Manchester, and Nashua.