Many take a bus regularly for work or use the local public transportation system for errands and visiting friends. Unfortunately, no matter how many precautions people take, an accident can still occur. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in an accident involving a public transportation vehicle, contact a Tacoma bus accident lawyer as soon as possible. A skilled personal injury lawyer such as Chong Ye at The Ye Law Firm can take the lead in your case and help you seek compensation for all of your injuries.

Common Injuries in Bus Crash Cases

Due to their weight and large size, buses of all kinds can result in serious passenger and bystander harm. Charter, school, public, and interstate travel bus accident-related injuries can include:

  • Head trauma
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Burns
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Organ damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Back and shoulder injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Broken bones

Some injuries are so severe they result in fatalities. Individuals the most susceptible to fatal bus crashes are pedestrians because they have nothing to protect them, unlike car and truck drivers, and bus passengers.

Determining Liability in Bus Crash Cases

Bus crashes occur for many reasons, many of which are driver-related. The bus operator might have been speeding at the time of the accident, driving recklessly, or ignoring traffic laws. They might have drank alcohol or taken a controlled substance prior to starting their shift, resulting in slow reaction times and poor judgement, or been too tired to work. Distraction can also play a role, such as a driver looking at their phone or people on the street, or talking to passengers, among other things.

Attorneys often cite the bus operator as the liable party; however, other entities might also be at fault. For example, if an accident occurred due to mechanical failure reasons, the bus company, the mechanics, and manufacturers could be at fault. A mechanic could be liable if they did not fix a broken part correctly, or knew the bus was dangerous but said nothing about it. The same is true of the company owner(s)–if they were aware of an issue with the bus or the driver but allowed the vehicle and individual on the road, they face liability charges.

Sometimes the county or state is at fault, as it is the government’s job to maintain safe road conditions. If the bus driver got into an accident due to a hazardous road or highway, such as one covered in ice or gasoline, they are generally not to blame for passenger injuries. The plaintiff and attorney subsequently file a claim citing the appropriate government entity as the liable party.

Speak With a Tacoma Legal Professional Today About Your Bus Crash

Now is the time to consult a Tacoma bus accident lawyer such as Chong Ye at The Ye Law Firm. You could win damages that cover crash-related expenses such as emergency medical care, prescription medication, physical therapy, and lost wages. Contact our compassionate and experienced team at The Ye Law Firm today to schedule a consultation.