Indianapolis Charter Bus Accident Attorneys

Injured in a Bus Accident in Indiana? Our Lawyers Can Help

Many charter bus companies operate in and around the Indianapolis area. People use charter buses for many reasons on a regular basis, including transporting a large group of people on a trip, taking athletes to and from games, or simply an economical way to travel longer distances. Charter buses can be a comfortable way to travel, as drivers can stop and allow groups to see sights on the way, and modern buses usually have Wifi, movies, and other conveniences to make the trip more enjoyable.

People commonly refer to buses as one of the safest ways to travel. While the design of a bus is meant to keep passengers safe, it is important to realize that bus accidents can and do happen. Consider the following statistics reported by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):

  • In one year, about 67,000 crashes involved buses in the United States
  • About 14,000 people reported injuries
  • 257 people died as a result of a bus crash

Such statistics indicate the possibility that you can suffer injuries in a bus crash – whether you are riding as a passenger on the bus or are in another vehicle. Because of the dangerous nature of bus accidents, many people sustain serious injuries and extensive injury-related losses.

After a bus crash, your physical health and safety should always be your priority. Seek the medical treatment you need and begin your physical recovery from your injuries. However, you should never wait too long to contact an experienced bus accident attorney to discuss your rights. Indiana only gives you a limited amount of time to take legal action to recover for your losses, so please call the Law Office of William W. Hurst today. We handle complex truck and bus accident claims, and we will evaluate your situation for free.

Bus Accidents Can Lead to Serious Injuries

A bus crash can result in numerous injured victims, including passengers on the bus and other motorists. When you ride a bus, you do not have all of the protections of a normal vehicle, including airbags or crumple zones. While modern buses do have seat belts, many passengers fail to wear them, as they may want to move around the bus more easily. If a bus suddenly collides with another vehicle or object, passengers can get thrown around and can suffer traumatic injuries as a result.

Rollover accidents are, unfortunately, common for buses. Because buses are so tall, they can easily tip over onto a side if they hit a curb or if a driver overcorrects, swerves, or takes a curve too fast. When a bus rolls over, the passengers on one side will immediately hit the bus windows and the ground. The passengers on the other side can fall onto the other set of passengers, which can cause multiple injuries to everyone involved. Even if a passenger was wearing a seat belt, they may hang suspended in the air before they fall, which can cause its own set of injuries. Needless to say, rollover bus accidents are terrifying experiences and it would not be surprising for the majority of passengers to suffer serious injuries.

You can also sustain injuries in a bus accident as an occupant of another vehicle. Like tractor-trailers, buses are large vehicles that dwarf most cars and SUVs. When a bus collides with a smaller car, it can cause devastating damage and injuries. The following are only some injuries involved in bus accident claims:

  • Broken bones
  • Concussions and severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Contusions
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal injuries

Everyone should seek immediate medical care after a bus accident. Some injuries require emergency attention and others may develop over the following days. Getting a diagnosis as soon as possible can improve your physical prognosis, as well as any subsequent legal claims.

The Legal Process after a Bus Crash

After a bus accident, never hesitate to consult with an experienced Indianapolis bus accident lawyer about your rights. The law holds negligent parties responsible for the injuries and losses they cause. The first step we take in a bus accident claim is to determine what caused your crash and which parties were negligent. Some factors we examine include:

  • Did the bus driver make an error? Bus drivers are commercial drivers and, therefore, must undergo proper training and receive a special license to operate a bus. Drivers then must comply with all traffic laws as well as the many regulations enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). When bus drivers violate the law or engage in otherwise careless behavior, their negligence should lead to liability for both themselves and their employers.
  • Was the bus company negligent? Bus companies can also be negligent in several ways. First, they may engage in negligent hiring and supervision of drivers. They also may fail to properly inspect and maintain the fleet of buses, which can lead to a malfunction and crash. Determining bus company negligence is complicated and often requires reviewing records and documents kept by the company.
  • Was a third party driver negligent? In some cases, a driver in another vehicle may cut off a bus or drive in a dangerous manner that causes the bus to crash. In such cases, that driver may be responsible for all of the injuries to bus passengers.

After we determine the liable parties in your case, we will file all of the necessary insurance claims, seeking the full value of your losses. Insurance companies have many tactics to minimize claims, but we always fight for full compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other relevant losses. Our attorneys do not hesitate to file a personal injury lawsuit when needed to fully protect your rights as an accident victim.

Contact Our Indianapolis Bus Accident Lawyers for Help Today

After a serious injury, please contact the Law Office of William W. Hurst. We evaluate your rights for free and can advise you of your best options for full financial recovery. Call our personal injury law firm at (317) 636-0808 or contact us online today.

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