Philadelphia Bus Accident Lawyer
Here in Philadelphia, we have Septa buses, long-distance buses and charter buses passing through the city and its suburbs as a regular mode of transportation for residents. Although rare, when bus accidents do occur, they bring all of their massive size and weight to bear on the person or vehicle they hit, causing very serious injuries or death. For passengers, the injuries can be worse than car accident injuries since buses very rarely contain seat belts or other restraints. A specialized Philadelphia bus accident lawyer knows all the parameters and severity of these accidents, and can help victims retrieve compensation. Contact Rosenbaum &
Associates to schedule a free case consultation with one of our compassionate and experienced attorneys.
Why Choose Rosenbaum & Associates?
- We have over 50 years of combined experience securing compensation for injured victims in Pennsylvania.
- We thoroughly understand how insurance companies operate and have helped more than 20,000 victims recover compensation.
- We will go above and beyond to help you and your family and only accept legal fees if you win.
Why You Need a Bus Accident Lawyer
Cases involving bus accidents tend to be complex, as multiple parties can potentially be liable, including the bus driver, bus company, third-party maintenance providers, and others. A Philadelphia bus accident attorney that regularly handles these types of accident claims will know how to determine which parties can be held responsible for your damages. They will advise you on whether your claim must be filed with an insurance company or whether a local government agency or school district must be notified. Your lawyer will be aware of any deadlines you must meet, and their resources to investigate and collect the essential evidence to prove your case will be vital.
Causes of Bus Accidents
Bus accidents can be caused by numerous contributing factors, some of which commonly include:
Bus drivers sometimes make preventable mistakes, such as being unaware of other vehicles, sudden lane changes, failing to obey traffic signs, and working while fatigued.
Like any other motorist, bus drivers can also become distracted while driving and cause an accident. For example, cell phone use, eating or drinking, reaching for an item, and mainly, watching or talking to passengers.
Because of strict schedules, bus drivers may decide to speed to make it to a destination on time.
Defective Bus Equipment
Bus companies must do routine safety checks, but bus maintenance may sometimes be performed improperly or not at all. As a result, the bus will be at a higher risk for equipment failure, which can cause an accident.
Driving Under the Influence
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established strict guidelines regarding drug and alcohol abuse and requires testing, but that doesn’t stop some drivers from operating a bus while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Construction sites, inclement weather, potholes, narrow roads, etc., can all increase the risk of an accident.
Bus Accident Liability
Long-distance buses are regulated by the same federal agency that handles commercial trucking, which means they’re subject to strict regulations on maintenance, drivers’ hours on the road, driver drug and alcohol use and more. When busing companies break these laws and cause a serious bus accident, passengers and their loved ones can sue just as they would a bus negligent trucking company. A Philadelphia injury lawyer can help individuals or groups of victims sort out responsibility and ensure that they’re fairly compensated.
Bus accidents involving local public transit or school buses have an added layer of complication because the bus is usually operated by a government agency. Suing a Pennsylvania state or local agency is more complicated than suing a private business, with shorter deadlines and administrative procedures to follow. For that reason, victims with this type of claim should contact an experienced Philadelphia bus accident attorney as soon as possible after their accidents.
Types of Compensation Available
Depending on the specifics of your accident, you may be entitled to compensation that includes:
- Medical bills related to the accident
- Future medical expenses
- Long term physical therapy
- Loss of job or income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Lost opportunities
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
When a bus company is aware they may be liable for an accident, their insurance company may attempt to quickly resolve your case by offering and pressuring you into accepting a settlement. However, their initial offers are often unfairly low. You have the right to payment that takes into consideration not only the cost of recovery but any other ramifications the accident has had on your life.
Reach Out to Us Today
At the Philadelphia law firm of Rosenbaum & Associates, we offer free consultations, so potential clients can ask us about the strength and value of their cases with no further obligation or charge. Our Philadelphia bus accident attorneys are here to help you retrieve the compensation you deserve after a catastrophic event that led to injuries. You are always welcome to contact us online or call (215) 569-0200.