Norfolk Bus Accident Attorney
Offices Available in Norfolk, Newport News, and Roanoke, VA
Each year there are roughly 300 fatal bus accidents and more than 20,000 bus-related injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Buses often drive at high speeds on freeways and highways, and their sheer size means any loss of control can result in major damage to the bus, passengers, and any person or thing nearby. Not only are accidents dangerous and frightening, they’re also very damaging and costly.
If you or someone you love was in an accident involving a bus, it is very likely they sustained serious injuries. At Kalfus & Nachman PC, our attorneys represent the victims of bus accidents, providing legal guidance and support so victims can focus on their physical and emotional recovery after a crash.
Call our firm at (855) 880-8163 to request a free consultation.
Types of Bus Accidents
Bus accidents may happen for any number of reasons and could involve many different vehicles. The most common types of buses are school buses, public buses, or buses managed by private companies. Just like any other car accident, crashes could occur because of driver error, poor weather, or any other number of reasons.
Common causes of bus accidents include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to follow traffic laws
- Reckless Driving
- Poor road conditions
- Bad weather or poor visibility
- Faulty vehicle or damaged vehicle parts
- Drowsy driving
- Inadequate driver training
- Insufficient vehicle maintenance
- Driver distraction
Who is Liable for a Bus Accident?
Depending on the type of bus involved and the circumstances of the accident, there are many different individuals and companies who could be considered at fault. When driver error causes a crash the driver will likely be at fault, but if the bus company failed to train the driver sufficiently, they could be held responsible. If the accident involved a public bus rather than a private one, the city will be held liable for any damage caused. Bus equipment manufacturers may also be to blame if there were faulty parts in the bus that contributed to or caused the crash. Or, if another driver was to blame for the accident involving a bus, he or she could be held liable.
Bus Accident Injuries
When a bus is involved, any accident can be considered dangerous and life-threatening. Because of their size and weight, buses can easily cause catastrophic damage to other vehicles, objects, and pedestrians in the surrounding area. Not all bus passengers wear seat belts, making it more likely for them to be thrown from their seats, likely receiving concussions, broken bones, or serious bruises. If the bus stops suddenly or jerks from impact, it could cause passengers to suffer whiplash or other neck and spinal injuries. Drivers and passengers in other vehicles involved in a bus accident could be crushed by the bus or could experience a major, jarring impact leading to similar wounds.
Aside from physical injuries, bus accidents could have a significant impact on a person’s mental and emotional health. Bus accidents can be traumatic, sometimes trapping victims in their vehicle underneath a bus, or inside the bus with a crowd of frantic passengers. These memories can be extremely upsetting and could impact a crash victim’s daily life for years to come.
Seek Compensation for Damages
At Kalfus & Nachman PC, we’ve helped thousands of clients by providing them with aggressive, competent legal support. We are dedicated to fighting for full compensation for victims and we never back down from problematic or complex cases. No matter what you are up against, our attorneys can evaluate the circumstances of your bus accident injury and provide a custom plan of action to meet your specific needs.
Contact Kalfus & Nachman at one of our locations in Norfolk, Newport News, or Roanoke to begin building your case.