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Have You Been Injured in a Bus Accident?

We are Your Pensacola Bus Accident Lawyers.

According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) Center for National Truck and Bus Statistics, an estimated 54,000 buses are involved in a traffic accident each year with 12,000 of those crashes involving injury.

School districts were the most common operator, accounting for 41% of fatal bus crashes.

Determining Negligence and Fault

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.

Manufacturers and third parties may also be liable.

Another party who could be liable without being at the scene is the bus manufacturer. If there were defective parts or repairs, this could lead to an accident. In this case, you may be able to proceed under a theory of product liability, possibly in addition to any negligence claims you may have.

Other third parties may also be liable. For example, small cars sometimes swerve in front of buses without a turn signal to avoid getting trapped behind it. If a car did this and the bus got into an accident or tipped over, the other driver may be liable. Passengers on the bus may have been acting recklessly, making it difficult for the bus driver to drive safely.

You may be able to sue one or more of these parties for wrongful death.

Because the question of fault can be so hard to figure out, it’s essential to have an experienced attorney in your corner. You deserve to have answers. If the bus driver works for a governmental entity, it’s even more critical that you understand the different parties who may be at fault. An attorney who has worked with bus accidents before will be able to guide you on possible recovery options.

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Fair Compensation for Bus Accident Injuries

As children are often the victims, substantial damages are often sought in these cases, and aggressive legal representation is needed to bring all parties to justice. In Florida, each school district board can be held liable for tort claims arising from an incident involving a school owned or operated vehicle.

Bus accidents by tour operators and nationwide bus companies can also be heartbreaking, as innocent people are seriously injured during a long-awaited trip home or dream vacation.

Statute of Limitations

In Florida, the statute of limitations for a bus accident is four years (Florida Statutes §95.11). All personal injury cases in Florida have this same statute of limitations.

The four year limitation period begins to run from the date of the accident. If you fail to file a claim within this time, you risk giving up your chance at financial recovery. 

As soon as possible after your accident, contact Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon. Even if you aren’t sure about the extent of your injuries, we can help.  We’ll also be available to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

If it becomes clear that you need to file a claim, we can start working on it right away. 

Let Us Help With Your Bus Accident Case

At Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon, we have a whole team of injury attorneys with the knowledge and experience to bring devastating bus cases to successful outcomes. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of a bus operator, call us today (850) 444-HURT (4878) for a free initial consultation. If you prefer, you may complete the requested information on our contact form, and we will be in contact with you shortly.

Learn more with our Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions.


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