Atlanta Bus Accident Attorney
Compensation for Bus Accident Injuries
Over the years, the Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. have witnessed a considerable rise in the number of bus related collisions throughout the state of Georgia. Whether they are commercial, municipal or school charters, more often than not the collision is a result of human error or gross negligence. While environmental factors and unexpected conditions can impact a bus driver's ability to effectively pilot the vehicle, it is within their control - and to a greater degree, the company's control - to preserve the lives of his or her passengers. Failing to do so can meet with disastrous consequence or severe legal ramifications.
To those of you who have been affected by a bus accident, or have loved ones who have suffered because of one, we highly recommend speaking with one of our experienced attorneys. For over 30 years, Grant Law Office has been providing understanding and comprehensive representation to those who have been negatively impacted by vehicle collisions.
Bus Accident Verdicts and Settlements
- $250,000 - MARTA bus accident requiring surgery.
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Who is Responsible for a Bus Accident?
Because of the terribly high human cost usually involved, bus accidents almost always require an extraordinary amount of investigation and examination from every authority and department conceivable. It is critical to explore each and every piece of evidence prior to declaring a guilty party. Because of the intense scrutiny that accompanies most bus related collisions, it is important to understand how this can impact a potential lawsuit and at who or what said lawsuit may be directed.
The Driver - The first line of responsibility and quite often the source of the wreck; but not always. Bus drivers have a strict obligation to safely transport you, your loved ones and everyone else to and from their destination. When a driver fails to uphold this duty, in any number of ways, he can be held responsible for any damages in the resultant crash. Typical causes of driver negligence include:
- Talking or texting while driving
- Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Distracted by something or someone on the bus
- Having worked more hours than allowed by federal and state law
- Failing to properly operate the bus in a safe and orderly manner
The Company or Municipality - While not directly involved, bus companies and local depots can have a secondary impact on the bus and its driver that could very well be the cause of the wreck. Depending on the level of management, adherence to local, state and federal codes and overall quality of service, a bus company can gradually or acutely undermine the safety of its passengers. Some of the more common reasons we have witnessed:
- Poor bus maintenance and basic mechanical upkeep
- Failure to properly train bus operators and managers
- Failure to maintain a safe working environment for bus station employees
- Overbooking buses with an inordinate amount of passengers
- Pushing drivers beyond the limit of safe driving regulation
Additional Drivers - In some instances, a bus accident is the direct result of another driver's negligence on the road. This can take on a variety of forms, but because of a bus's poor handling and odd center of gravity, any type of reckless driving around a bus under power can have a negative impact on a driver's ability to compensate.
What Should I Do if I've Been in an Atlanta Bus Accident?
Without question, unless you were placed in immediate emergency care, it is critical you speak with a medical professional as soon as possible. Not only will this catch any potentially unnoticed issues, it will also provide an attorney with documented evidence to support any future claim you may have.
Get the Help of an Georgia Bus Accident Lawyer
Following that, it is recommended you speak with the experienced Atlanta car accident attorneys at Grant Law Office to explore your legal options. Bus accidents are a traumatic experience and we appreciate the severity of your situation - with a free consultation we can evaluate your case and provide you with the information you'll need to make an educated decision. Call (404) 995-3955 for more information on how our firm can assist you.