Every day, millions of individuals rely on public and private mass transportation to travel or commute to work and school. Buses are by far one of the most common forms of mass transportation in the United States. Unfortunately, the prevalence of buses on Indiana roads and highways also means that there is a certain risk of being involved in a bus collision. Due to the sheer size and weight of these massive vehicles, buses often cause extensive damage, catastrophic injury, and even fatalities when they collide with other vehicles or stationary objects along the road.
If you or your loved one was involved in a bus collision, it is important that you seek legal assistance from a qualified and experienced personal injury attorney. These types of claims can be very complex and, depending on the type of bus involved, as well as the various circumstances surrounding the crash, anyone from the bus driver to the bus company to another motorist may be liable. At Wagner Reese, we have been serving injured clients throughout Indiana since 1997. Our Indianapolis bus accident attorneys have more than 150+ years of combined experience and we are prepared to help you navigate the legal process from start to finish.
Call our office at (888) 204-8440 or contact us online today to request your free, confidential case evaluation.
How Do Bus Accidents Occur?
Most bus drivers are highly trained professionals with outstanding driving records and extensive experience handling larger vehicles. However, this does not mean they are immune to human error. Often, mistakes and misjudgments lead to serious bus accidents. In other cases, outright negligence can cause a devastating crash. In yet other instances, a negligent third party or even the company that owns or maintains the bus can be liable for a collision.
Some examples of how bus accidents occur include:
- Speeding/operating a bus at unsafe speeds
- Driving while distracted, including while using a cellphone
- A bus driver operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI)
- Unsafe, reckless, careless, or illegal driving behaviors
- Failure of the bus company to conduct driver background checks
- Lack of proper bus maintenance
- Defective bus design and/or faulty bus parts (such as tires)
- Dangerous road conditions, including unmarked bridges or unsafe turns
- Inclement weather, including rain or ice on the road
- A third-party motorist that acts negligently
Any of these and myriad other factors can lead to a devastating accident. Because bus passengers seldom wear seatbelts and are not protected by airbags, they often suffer severe injuries or are killed when an accident occurs. At Wagner Reese, we work to hold negligent parties accountable for your losses, including the cost of medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, and/or the loss of your loved one.
Contact Our Firm Today
If you were injured in an accident involving a public city bus, school bus, or private charter bus, or were harmed as a third party bystander in a bus-related incident, contact our Indianapolis bus accident lawyers for a free consultation. Our firm offers contingent fees, meaning there is no upfront cost for you and you only pay us if we win your case. We offer Spanish-speaking services and can travel to meet you at home or in the hospital if you are unable to come to our office.
Call Wagner Reese at (888) 204-8440 to learn more about how our attorneys can help you with your serious bus accident claim.