Bus Accident Lawyer Dan Robin, Jr. - New Orleans and Chalmette, LA
Bus accidents seriously injure and kill hundreds of people each year. The most recent crash data available is from the year 2007. Nationwide, in 2007, 278 buses were involved in fatal crashes and 6,593 buses involved injury. And 322 fatalities were reported in the United States in 2007 resulting from bus accidents. An astounding 15,888 injuries from bus accidents were reported in 2007 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Why do I need an attorney to represent me in a bus accident?You need an experienced bus accident lawyer on your side that can clearly represent your case, establish liability, and hold the party responsible for your injuries. Bus accidents are unique in many ways and buses are often owned and operated by government entities, such as school districts or transportation authorities, where issues of liability can become complicated.
Issues of driver training, bus manufacturing defects, maintenance issues and other negligence issues need to be investigated in bus accident cases. Whether you were a passenger, pedestrian, bicyclist, or the driver of another vehicle involved in a bus accident - if you have been injured, you need an attorney who can help you obtain maximum compensation for your injuries. Bus companies will aggressively defend claims brought against them and do everything they can to make sure you lose your case. It is important to get the proper legal advice prior to dealing with these entities that have legal staff at their disposal.
Bus accidents can involve those used for public transportation, buses run by private companies for long distance travel, tour buses, and even school buses. Bus accidents can be caused by a number of factors including driver error or fatigue, operating under the influence of alcohol or substance abuse, poor road conditions and maintenance issues.
Public transportation crashes are on the rise. A recent one year study showed that out of the approximate 16,000 school bus collisions that occur each year, 17,000 injuries result, in addition to over 130 deaths. School buses are not the only types that are commonly involved in public transportation crashes. City buses, motor coaches, and other types have been involved in a number of crashes as well. Sadly, most of the time, an accident could have prevented if the driver wasn't careless. Contact our experienced lawyers if a negligent driver caused harm to you or someone you know.
When a public transportation accident occurs, it is almost never the victim's fault. It could be the driver's fault; perhaps they were speeding, driving while intoxicated, or were distracted. It could be the other driver's fault as well. Additionally, most buses in Louisiana are not equipped and prepared for such accidents and do not have seatbelts. It is one thing when an individual chooses not to wear their seatbelt, but it is something else when they did not even have the choice to begin with. Our lawyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
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Legal Issues in Bus AccidentsDealing with a bus company, government entity or the insurance company after a bus accident is nothing like dealing with an incident involving a private passenger car. It is very important that you retain an experienced bus accident lawyer who can act quickly on your behalf to file the required notices and preserve your claim against the responsible party.
When it comes to private companies, states consider the owner or owners of a bus to be "common carriers". Under most state laws, common carriers have a higher level of responsibility to drive with the utmost care and protect the passengers and other vehicles sharing the road. In some cases, this means that establishing liability against a common carrier is relatively easy.
Liability can be more difficult to establish in cases where a bus is owned by a government authority. Be certain to obtain legal advice before you settle with an insurance company, private company or government body.
Contact the Law Offices of Dan Robin, Jr. for more information and a free private consultation if you have been in a bus accident.