Determining fault for a bus accident can be far more complex than for a car accident. Usually, there are several different parties involved. But, they may not all have been at the scene of the accident.
Bus drivers may be directly liable.
Bus drivers can be liable for bus accidents. If they were breaking the law while driving, there could be a claim for negligence. Bus drivers sometimes drive under the influence of substances, or while exhausted from their work. They may also drive distracted because of their cell phones or other devices.
The bus driver’s employer can be indirectly liable.
If the bus driver is at fault, sometimes this involves a governmental entity. For public transportation buses or school buses, there may be limits to how much you can recover.
If the bus driver is with a private company, the company that hired the driver can also be at fault. If the company did not properly train drivers, this could signal negligence. Hiring drivers without a commercial drivers’ license (CDL) is also problematic. The company may overwork their drivers, which could have led to the accident.