According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), approximately 20,000 people are injured in bus accidents every year – hundreds of which result in fatalities. While many of these accidents could have been avoided, it’s important for bus accident injury victims to understand that they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.
If you’ve been involved in a bus accident, contact the experienced and aggressive bus accident attorneys at Geoff McDonald & Associates and let us show you why we’re the firm for you. Our personal injury lawyers are available to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our No Fee Guarantee® means you don’t owe us a legal fee unless we win or settle your case.
Common Bus Accident Causes
Bus accidents can occur under many circumstances, but some of the most common causes include:
Driver fatigue, inexperience, inattention and error
Aggressive or reckless driving
Poor maintenance (worn brakes, bald tires, broken lights, etc.)
Mechanical Failure (engine, wiper blades, etc.).
In some cases, the cause of a bus accident can involve any combination of the above. Anyone involved in a bus accident should seek proper medical attention and avoid signing or agreeing to anything which resolves the bus company of liability without consulting with an experienced bus accident attorney first.
Common Bus Accident Injuries
Bus accident injuries can result in minor injuries such as cuts, bruises and sprains to serious injuries including internal injuries, broken bones – and even death. Some of the most common bus accident injuries result in conditions which can take time to present, such as whiplash, neck sprains, back sprains and head injuries. These can result in substantial medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.
You don’t have to shoulder a major financial or emotional burden due to someone else’s negligence; you can take action and get the compensation you need to keep your life, and your family’s, on track. The bus accident injury lawyers at Geoff McDonald & Associates can help.
Determining who’s responsible for a bus accident requires an analysis of the facts and circumstances of the situation – including drivers in other vehicles which may have also been at fault, weather conditions and a host of other circumstances surrounding the accident.
While the driver of the bus may be responsible for causing the accident, the company who employs the driver may also be responsible. In many cases, both parties – as well as a bus company’s parent company(s) – can be held liable for injuries and damages which occur due to the accident.
If an accident involves a bus owned by a city, county, municipality or other party, injured victims may be entitled to seek compensation from them as well – including lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
When you’ve suffered a bus accident injury, our attorneys will fight to get you the money you deserve. We make it our job to understand your individual needs and circumstances, find out who might be responsible – it is often more than one person/company – and make sure you’re fully informed and educated about your case at every step along the way.
Major U.S. Bus Companies
In addition to localized bus companies such as the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC), there are dozens of major bus companies that operate in Virginia, across the United States and throughout North America, including: Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, Abbott Trailways, Bolt Bus, Coach USA, Concord Coach Lines, Greyhound, Megabus, Number 1 Bus, Peter Pan Bus Line, Rimrock Trailways, Stagecoach Group, Tripper Bus, and Vamoose Bus.
This is just a partial list; many companies will charter buses owned by larger companies for special events, sporting events and seasonal tours – meaning that there may be numerous possible defendants from which to seek the compensation you need.
Why Geoff McDonald & Associates Is The Firm For You
At Geoff McDonald & Associates, our team of lawyers knows what you’ll be up against when it comes to navigating through insurance company bureaucracy. We can help you to cut through the red tape so that you can focus your efforts on healing and moving on.
We accept clients from across Virginia, including these areas: Eastern Shore, Hampton Roads, Chesapeake Bay, Northern Virginia, Central Virginia, Southern Virginia, Shenandoah Valley, Blue Ridge Highlands and the Heart of Appalachia. Our personal injury lawyers are available to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and we have the No Fee Guarantee®, meaning you don’t owe us a legal fee unless we win or settle your case.
Passengers absolutely have the right to pursue a claim for compensation. When you are injured in a car accident as a passenger, you might be able to get recovery from more than one of the drivers involved in the crash….