Though buses remain one of the cheapest and relatively safe modes of public transport, statistics show that there are increasing incidents of bus accidents all across Canada. These accidents involve school buses, tour and contract buses, city and metro buses. One of the reasons why bus accidents can be catastrophic is because of the numbers involved. Buses also typically do not have the normal passenger safety restraints like seat-belts etc, resulting in serious injuries during an accident. If you have been injured in a bus accident, once the medical emergency has been taken care of, contact a personal injury lawyer immediately.
What Causes Bus Accidents?
Tour buses, school buses, public and private transport buses ply on our roads. According to the Canada Safety Council, a school bus is a much safer way to travel as compared to taking the family car but recent statistics reveal some alarming facts. Though bus accidents are preventable, Toronto school buses have crashed more than 1500 times between 2010-2015. Nearly 80% of these accidents could have been prevented and happened due to the fault or negligence of someone. Investigative reports by the press reveal that Metro buses are involved in at least two incidents per day, ranging from swerving into other lanes, striking utility-poles, to more severe crashes that involved other vehicles and pedestrians. Our serious injury lawyers along with our expert legal teams can help to analyze the true causes.
Typically, bus accidents are caused by factors similar to the causes of other vehicular accidents. They include:
• Driver distraction due to cellphone use or texting
• Driver under the influence of alcohol/drugs
• Inexperienced driver
• Road rage
• Driving in over-crowded locations with diverse populations moving around
• Road conditions
• Unsafe construction zones
• Poor visibility due to inclement weather
• Vehicle defects
• Tire blow-outs
• Weight distribution is uneven
• Children are difficult to control in school buses
• Lack of passenger protection
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident you are entitled to seek compensation. Our 24×7 injury lawyers can assist you with the legal process of filing a claim.
Liability in Bus Accidents
Proving liability in bus accidents can be a complex challenge. There are a host of entities involved and it could be very difficult for an ordinary citizen to unravel the complicated threads of ownership and liability. This is why you require the services of an accident injury lawyer available 24×7 to begin working on the case as soon as possible. The company that owns the bus, the contractors who run it or provide the service, the driver, the school, the district authorities who are in charge of public transportation etc. can all be held liable in case of accidents. In chartered or tourist buses, the tour operators, the bus owners and the driver are liable. In many cases, the tour operators themselves own the bus or the driver himself/herself is the owner.
Bus companies are required to ensure that all vehicles in their fleet are safe and in good condition. They also have a duty to employ only drivers with proper licenses and a clean and safe driving record.
In some cases, a particular location can be held responsible for the accident. A slip and fall injury after getting off the bus at a particular destination may happen and in such a case, the owner of the premises on which the accident happened is liable.
Types of Injuries
Bus accidents typically result in bruises, contusions, torn or damaged ligaments, fractures, broken bones, whiplash injury, brain and spinal cord injury, serious blood loss, amputation of limbs, loss of eye-sight, burns, lacerations, cuts, post-traumatic stress or death in fatal accidents. All these require long or short term medical care, rehabilitation, dealing with loss or disabilities etc. You can get a genuine evaluation from our free consultation injury lawyers.
How We Can Assist
Our experienced personal injury lawyers can provide a comprehensive assessment of your case, enter into negotiations with all the parties involved, represent you at trial and ensure that your rights are protected. As a reputed firm, we have the skill and resources to conduct independent investigations into the crash, access police records, seek permission to view CCTV footage and documentary evidence, collect witness testimony and ensure that your claims are backed by robust evidence. When you contact our personal injury lawyers, we can also enlist the help of professional crash specialists to analyze the reasons for the crash and fix liability. We can conduct all negotiations on your behalf with insurers and safeguard your interests.
If you, your family or a friend has been injured in an accident, please feel free to speak to one of our injury lawyers for a free consultation about how we are able to assist in making a personal injury claim. We consult in all cities across Ontario with a no win no fee guarantee. Our personal injury lawyers have helped victims secure millions of dollars in personal injury cases. Call us Toll Free On our 24/7 Injury Hotline: 1 – 844 495 7333 or Text a Personal Injury Lawyer 24/7 and get instant help.TM (416 807 3486)
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