Carbondale Bus Accident Lawyers
Buses are a popular mode of transportation, whether passengers rely on them during their daily commute to work or school, or use them as a means of traveling between or touring cities. However, in the event of a crash, the risk of injury to multiple people is inevitably heightened due to the large number of passengers these vehicles can carry. If you have been injured in a bus accident, or someone you love has been killed in an accident involving a bus, contact the Marion bus accident attorneys at the Prince Law Firm. We represent southern Illinois clients in a broad variety of personal injury lawsuits, and are dedicated to helping you seek compensation in the event that your harm resulted from someone else’s negligence.
Facts About Bus Accidents
The mass of a large bus means that in the event of a collision, it will not get tossed about like a passenger car. Instead, its cumbersome, boxy design frequently means that a bus will overturn in a crash. On the other side of the accident equation, however, are the vehicles that collide with buses. Passenger vehicles involved in bus crashes often end up mangled, and their drivers and passengers seriously injured or even killed.
According to Crash Data statistics compiled by the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 3,838 crashes involving buses in Illinois in 2011—with nearly 1,500 of these crashes involving school buses. Fortunately, there were no fatalities to bus occupants, but 10 of these crashes resulted in fatalities to others, including pedestrians, and nearly 25% of all crashes involving buses resulted in injuries to the occupants of at least one of the vehicles.
Bus Accidents and Negligence
In personal injury cases, victims generally must prove that the defendant was negligent, or failed to exercise reasonable care, and that this failure led to the victim’s injuries. A wide variety of negligent acts can lead to bus collisions. Other motorists, pedestrians, and even the bus driver can breach their duty to drive safely or obey traffic laws. Damaged bus equipment or poor maintenance can also result in accidents. Further, bus passengers typically not as restrained as they would be in a car due to lack of seatbelts. This can lead to severe injuries like whiplash, lacerations, or broken bones.
If you have been injured in a bus accident, or a loved one has been killed, you may be able to hold the bus company, local government, or other responsible parties liable for damages including coverage for:
- Medical expenses;
- Lost income;
- Pain and suffering; and/or
- Wrongful death damages.
In bus accident cases, thorough investigation of the cause of the crash, as well as promptly gathering evidence such as video recordings, are critical aspects of your claim. When seeking damages for your injuries under these circumstances, you should only trust an attorney with experience handling bus accident cases.
Take Action Today to Protect Your Rights
In pursuing a bus accident case, be aware that time is of the essence. Buses are generally operated by commercial enterprises or by municipalities, meaning that cases are often more complicated, and involve more parties and issues, than most car accidents. The sooner you act to enforce your rights, the sooner you can obtain the financial recovery you need.
If you have been seriously injured, or someone you love has been traumatically injured or even killed in an accident involving a bus, contact the Southern Illinois personal injury lawyers at the Prince Law Firm for a free case evaluation. We can be reached by calling 618-997-2111 or through the online contact form on this website. You consultation will be confidential, and we never charge a fee to our clients unless and until we obtain damages on their behalf. We proudly represent clients throughout local areas including Murphysboro, Carbondale, Marion, Herrin, Benton, and Harrisburg.