Buses of all kinds are popular modes of transportation around Tennessee, whether they are charter buses, city buses or school buses. For the most part, these rides are uneventful and safe. Unfortunately, there are times when a bus causes serious injuries to people.
When we talk about bus accident injuries, we often discuss those suffered in a crash between a bus and another motor vehicle. However, there are a number of ways that buses can and do cause injuries; being aware of these situations can help people understand their legal options.
Waiting for a bus can lead to injuries for some people. Bus stops and pickup locations should be maintained by the appropriate party and kept safe. People should be able to wait for a bus, enter a bus and exit it without fear that they could slide under a bus or be hurt by dangerous conditions.
Pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists can also be seriously injured if they are struck by a bus. Due to their size and weight, buses can do an enormous amount of damage in even minor collisions. If they are not operated properly by trained drivers, the consequences of a crash can prove to be catastrophic for victims.
Finally, passengers riding the bus can suffer injuries in some situations. If a driver is reckless, people on the bus can hurt if they are thrown from their seats or against the sides of the bus. If safety features like seat belts, hanging straps or wheelchair brakes, levers or lifts are broken, passengers can pay the painful price.
If you have been injured in any of these events, you should remember you have the right to discuss the accident with an attorney. You may not realize it, but you could be in a position to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for damages suffered in a bus accident. For information on how our law firm approaches these types of claims, you are welcome to visit our website.