Car accidents involving a bus are unique in many ways. Part of the uniqueness comes from the size and scope of a bus. Most buses move slowly and may make frequent stops. This can make accidents more likely in some cases. As well, the sheer size and power of a bus can cause serious damage in an accident. If a bus rear-ends a car, for example, the passengers in the car will likely sustain serious injuries.
Part of the challenge involving car and bus accidents is that passengers of buses usually do not wear seat belts. Passengers inside a bus usually do not have the option of wearing a seat belt, whether the bus is a school bus, tour bus, or public transit. In an accident involving a car, the bus driver may slam the breaks, swerve, or otherwise react, and this can cause passengers to be thrown from their seats. Passengers of buses are therefore vulnerable to brain injuries, broken bones, cuts and bruises, spinal cord injuries, and other injuries. Some of these passengers may seek legal action after a bus accident due to these injuries.
As well, part of the challenge involving car and bus accidents is that buses are often governed by specific regulations. In most cases, since buses are owned by the city public transit system or a private tour company, the accident must be thoroughly reported, even in the case of a minor fender bender. In most cases, a police report is filed and an investigation takes place, since buses are responsible for carrying passengers.
If you have been in an accident with a bus, you will of course need to call for help first, if anyone has been injured. Next, you will want to exchange information with the bus driver. In addition to the bus driver’s name, you will want the bus number, license plate, and any identifying information (such as a VIN number for the bus). If a tire defect or other mechanical defect has caused the accident, you will need to be clear as to exactly which bus was involved. You will also want to get the exact details – including name and contact information – concerning the carrier company or parent company responsible for the bus.
Due to the special challenges involving car and bus accidents, you will want to speak to a Florida personal injury attorney after an accidents involving a bus. Car accidents involving buses are complicated and can quickly become difficult. If a bus passenger was injured, for example, you may be considered as a liable party. If you have been injured in the accident, recovering a claim may be difficult in the case of a powerful tour company or public transit system. A good Florida personal injury attorney can help with these issues and can offer other legal guidance after the accident.