If you’ve been in a bus accident, you may not know where to turn for help. Bus accidents can be catastrophic. Because of the massive size of a bus compared to other motor vehicles, any person involved in a collision with a bus is likely to be very seriously injured. Passengers on buses often experience serious injuries as well.
Were you or a loved one injured while riding a bus? Here are some answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about bus accidents.
Are Buses Safe?
In general, buses are very safe vehicles. They are typically larger than other vehicles, which means that they are easier to be seen and decreases their chances of being in an accident.
School buses in particular are designed to be safe. They are painted to be highly visible and include safety features such as flashing red lights, and cross-view mirrors. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 440,000 public school buses carry 24 million children more than 4.3 billion miles a year, but only about six children die each year in school bus accidents. In contrast, about 800 children die every year walking, biking, or being driven to school in cars or other passenger vehicles.
Additionally, bus drivers are professional drivers who must maintain a commercial driver’s licence. This means that they are required to follow stricter safety guidelines.
Who is Responsible for My Expenses?
The party that is responsible for paying your medical expenses and damages will depend on who caused the accident. If the accident was caused by:
- Another driver – That party’s insurance company will be responsible for your expenses.
- Bus driver – If the bus driver caused the accident, both the driver and his or her employer (the owner of the bus/bus company/bus operator) may be responsible for paying for your injuries.
- Malfunctioning bus – If the accident was caused by a malfunctioning or defective bus, the bus manufacturer may be responsible.
- Dangerous roadway condition – The governmental agency that is responsible for maintaining the road may be held liable.
How Long Do I Have To File A Claim?
In Nevada, the deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the date of the accident. This time limit is also known as a statute of limitations. The time limit to file a property damage complaint is three years. This is true for any type of car accident in Nevada.
Be sure to file your bus accident lawsuit within the specified timeline, otherwise it will be dismissed as untimely.
What Are The Most Common Causes of Bus Accidents?
Common causes of bus accidents include distracted driving, driver fatigue, unsafe driving, mechanical failure, inclement weather, negligence and other drivers causing the accident.
What Injuries Are Most Common in Bus Accidents?
Many different type of injuries can result from a bus accident. They include:
Experienced Las Vegas Bus Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been in a bus accident, you should seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury attorney who can fight for your rights. If you have been injured bus crash in the Las Vegas area, contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today to set up a Free Consultation. Our law firm is highly experienced at handling bus accident cases.