Any vehicle accident can be damaging, but larger vehicles, like trucks and buses, can be even more so. Bus accidents don’t occur as frequently as standard car accidents, but they tend to be more damaging, and deadly, when they do. For that reason, it is especially important to know your legal options if you were involved in a bus accident caused by someone else’s mistake or negligence.
Whether the crash was caused by driver intoxication, road conditions, vehicle malfunctions, or other factors, you have a right to pursue justice and compensation if you were injured as a result. Should you have need of a legal advocate after a damaging bus accident, our team at The Mellino Law Firm LLC is here for you.
WE’RE HERE FOR YOU
For more than 30 years, our attorneys at The Mellino Law Firm LLC have used our legal experience and knowledge to fight for the rights of the wrongfully injured. We handle a wide variety of personal injury cases, including various types of motor vehicle accident lawsuits. We have secured several multi-million dollar settlements and jury verdicts, and we are committed to giving each client the attention and personalized representation they deserve. Whatever you’re up against, make sure you have our committed attorneys on your side.
POTENTIAL DAMAGES AFTER A BUS CRASH
If you were involved in a bus accident, you could have sustained any number of serious injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
In extremely damaging accidents, the injuries may sometimes be catastrophic, (that is, life-altering and permanent) or fatal. If you or someone you love was severely injured in a bus crash, make sure you discuss your legal options with our attorneys.
WHO IS LIABLE FOR A BUS ACCIDENT?
Depending on the nature of the accident, there are several parties who could be found liable. Accidents might be caused by mechanical failures, such as poor vehicle maintenance, defective breaks, or poor design, in which case the manufacturer or mechanic may be liable. Or, if the crash was caused by dangerous road conditions, hazardous road construction zones, roadside debris, or other similar issues, the owner of that road, likely a city, could be liable.
Lastly, and perhaps the most likely possibility, the driver could be liable. If the driver is intoxicated, careless, or drives with a blatant disregard to traffic laws, he or she could be responsible for the crash. Subsequently, if the driver is liable, the company they work for, (be it public transport, a school district, or a private bussing company) could be liable as a result.
The company may be liable for the actions of their driver if they failed to enforce certain safety rules, or if they were negligent in their training or hiring practices, and so on.
WERE YOU INJURED? WE CAN HELP.
If you or someone you love was injured in a bus accident, whether by a school bus, public bus, or private bus, we’re here to help you take your first step towards justice and recovery. We understand how traumatizing these types of accidents can be, and we know the pain and stress often go beyond the physical.
To help you get back on your feet after a crash, our team can help build a legal case against the liable party to hold them accountable for the injuries you suffered.
Ready to get started? Contact The Mellino Law Firm LLC today to get in touch with our Cleveland bus accident attorneys. We offer free case evaluations.