Whether to school, work, or just to get around town, many of us rely on North Carolina bus systems for our daily means of transportation. With today's rapidly increasing populations, especially in larger urban areas, comes an increased need for more buses to accommodate the needs of more people. With this increased bus traffic on the road comes an even greater risk of potentially serious bus accidents.
At the law offices of Brent Adams & Associates, we know how tough it can be to be injured in any kind of accident. Mounting medical bills, missed time away from work, and psychological anguish makes life difficult for innocent people. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, you have a number of rights that you need to know about! At Brent Adams & Associates, our bus accident attorneys' extensive winning record says it all. Our highly skilled North Carolina bus accident attorneys have years of experience dealing with a range of accident cases involving both school and public city buses.
If you have been injured, you may be entitled to a generous amount of monetary compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, as well as any other damages and financial losses. Let our North Carolina bus accident attorneys put our decades of experience to work for you!
North Carolina Bus Accident Statistics
The number of bus accidents in North Carolina has been steadily decreasing. However, Immense urban sprawl and overcrowded roads and freeways have brought many people to consider bus transporation a cost-efficient, more environmentally-conscious way to travel.
As the number of people utilizing the convenience of riding a bus has risen, so has the number of people hurt or killed in bus-related accidents each year. Bus accidents and school bus accidents often result in serious personal injuries or death. Bus accidents can be caused by a number of contributing factors including driver negligence, inadequate security, dangerous roadways, weather conditions, defective products, and improper maintenance, among others.
According to the National Coalition for School Bus Safety, 23.5 million elementary and secondary school children ride school buses daily throughout the United States, and twice a day at that. Many of those school buses do not have restraint systems or seat belts. 12,000 of those children are injured each year in school bus accidents. Although the majority of the injuries resulting from these accidents are minor, some can be catastrophic, and as many as 11 children a year die as a result of a school bus accident.
Public transportation buses are not much better. Thousands of people are injured each year in accidents involving public city buses. More often than not, an accident involving a bus is not usually the bus driver's fault, yet they can be. Many bus drivers are overworked, and many are forced to drive under much less than favorable conditions. Add to this the recklessness of the many other careless and distracted drivers on the road today, and the combination can often be deadly.
Laws Affecting Bus Accidents
Up until recently, government entities had immunity, protecting them from any an all lawsuits involving passengers. Now, however, in many cases it is possible to sue government entities for negligently-caused injuries or damages. Cities, states, and the federal government all have their own specific rules for bringing a lawsuit against them which must be adhered to in any given situation.
If you, your child, or other loved one has been injured in any kind of bus accident, public or private, as either a passenger, pedestrian, or driver, you may have a valid claim against anyone declared at fault, and may be entitled to monetary compensation for you injuries and other losses and damages. It is imperative in situations like bus accidents to make sure you have an attorney who knows and understands the complicated school bus and public transportation laws so that you can maximize the outcome of your case and be assured that you are getting all that you are entitled to receive.
At Brent Adams & Associates, our experienced team of North Carolina bus accident attorneys has the experience and skills needed to protect your rights. It will cost you nothing to have your case evaluated by one of our highly experienced lawyers. After we have gone over all the details of your case and have clearly explained all of your options, you can make the informed decision about your injury case.