As a result of the economic downturn the number of passengers on buses has increased, as has the number of buses on the road. More and more people are utilizing public transportation and more parents are sending their children to school on the school bus instead of driving them. Additionally, children travel on buses for school related activities everyday, including field trips and sporting events.
The increase in the number of passengers on buses has also led to an increase in the number of accidents, injuries and deaths. Injuries sustained during a bus accident are often worse than those sustained during a normal car accident because buses typically do not have seatbelts. As a result, when the bus is involved in a collision, passengers get thrown about and tossed into walls and ceilings, which can cause severe injuries and require the immediate attention of a well qualified personal injury attorney. Other bus injuries can result from the bus being involved in a collision, passengers being thrown forward when the bus driver slams on the brakes, bags and personal belongings becoming airborne and hitting passengers, and slip and falls when entering or exiting the bus, amongst others. Bus accidents can be catastrophic causing serious injuries including broken bones, burns, brain injuries, spinal injuries, nerve damage or even death.
Bus accidents and collisions can result from driver negligence, inexperienced drivers, improper maintenance and equipment failure. Additionally, buses are long and bulky with a high center of gravity, making them prone to tip or roll over, causing deadly injuries to the passengers inside. When a passenger is injured due to a driver’s negligence or a manufacturer’s carelessness, he or she is entitled to be compensated for medical expenses, future and lost wages, pain and suffering and any scarring or disfigurement caused by the accident. Anyone involved in the bus accident can have a claim—passengers, pedestrians, drivers, motorists, etc. Additionally, there are a number of people who can be held liable for your injuries, including bus drivers, bus companies, the city or municipality, another driver who collided with the bus, the bus or equipment manufacturer and any other party involved in the accident.
Buses are considered “common carriers” and the law imposes a duty on bus drivers and bus companies to keep their buses safe for passengers. If they breach this duty, they have to pay. Call the Miami bus accident lawyers at Friedland | Carmona today! The Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys can help you determine if the bus companies have breached their duty. The attorneys at Friedland | Carmona are expert Broward bus accident attorneys who can assist you in making this difficult process easier by working diligently to obtain the recovery you deserve. Jonathan R. Friedland has won multiple verdicts and settlements in the Florida Courts, both State and Federal, for thousands of motor vehicle accident victims. These verdicts and settlements include multiple million-dollar recoveries. In one particular case, Mr. Friedland was able to reach a multi-million dollar settlement with a defendant insurance company. Plaintiff, a widowed mother of five, lost her husband in a car accident and the defendant insurance company refused to deal with Plaintiff in “good faith.” As a result of the multi-million dollar recovery, Plaintiff is able to provide future education for all of her five children and future care for her three adopted special needs children.
Call Friedland | Carmona at 305-661-2008 or fill out the contact information to your left to receive your FREE consultation. We will discuss your case and how our firm can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Many victims never get the settlement they deserve because they are unsure if they have a claim. Don’t hesitate—Contact the Homestead personal injury lawyers at Friedland | Carmona today! Let our family take care of your family!