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City Bus Accidents: Who is Liable?

City buses are a common method of transportation for many people, but they also pose significant risks to passengers and other drivers on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the state witnessed 69 fatal bus accidents between 2012 and 2018, resulting in 75 fatalities. Unfortunately, if you find yourself involved in a bus accident that wasn’t your fault, it can be challenging to determine who is liable and entitled to compensation for damages.

Various parties could be responsible for a bus accident, including the bus driver, the driver of the other vehicle involved, the city, or even the bus manufacturer if faulty components contributed to the accident. Determining who is at fault can be a complex process, but with the help of an experienced automobile accident attorney, you can navigate the legal system with confidence.

Bus Driver 

When it comes to accidents involving city buses, the driver may be held accountable for any injuries or damages that result. This is due to the driver’s responsibility to operate the bus safely and adhere to all traffic laws. If the driver is found to have been neglectful or reckless in their driving, they could face serious consequences and legal action. Ensuring the safety of passengers and other drivers on the road should always be the top priority for bus drivers to prevent any possible accidents or accountability concerns.

The Driver of The Other Vehicle 

The driver of the other vehicle could be at fault due to failing to yield while merging or changing lanes, being distracted, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or speeding and losing control. They may also fail to stop at a red light or stop sign, make an illegal turn in front of the bus, follow too closely, or drive on the wrong side of the road.

The City

The city may be held accountable for any damages or injuries sustained. It is the city’s responsibility to maintain and operate the bus system safely. Negligence or any other factors that contribute to the accident may make the city responsible for any harm caused. Victims may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. Driver training and safety protocols can help prevent accidents and ensure passenger safety. Remember that the city is responsible for providing a safe and reliable transportation system.

The Bus Manufacturer 

The manufacturer may be responsible for any defects or malfunctions in the bus’s design or production, such as issues with the brakes, steering, or other critical components that could contribute to the accident. In addition, the manufacturer could be held liable if they failed to provide adequate warnings or instructions for the safe operation of the vehicle. Bus manufacturers must prioritize safety and ensure that their products are designed and manufactured to the highest standards to minimize the risk of accidents and protect the lives of passengers and other drivers on the road.

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At our law office, we understand the difficulties that come with bus accident cases. Our team of dedicated attorneys is committed to helping you secure the compensation you deserve. We will work with you to investigate the accident thoroughly, determine liability, and pursue your case aggressively. You can trust us to provide you with personalized legal guidance and support every step of the way.

If you’ve been involved in a bus accident, we encourage you to contact our law office today for a free consultation. During this time, we’ll discuss the specifics of your case and explain how we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Don’t wait – reach out to us today to get started.

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