Buses carry many people and given their larger size, can be a component of major traffic accidents. There are 3 main types of bus accidents:
- City & Public Transit Accidents (Metro bus)
- Commercial Bus Accidents (Greyhound, Bus Tours)
- School Bus Accidents (Big Yellow Bus)
Currently the U.S. Department of Transportation has banned bus drivers from texting or using handheld cell phones behind the wheel. The federal ban has been placed on all commercial motor vehicle drivers, which means that the law applies to almost every bus operator in the USA as of January 2010.
If and when the bus driver is at fault, the case and the law surrounding it can get complicated. This is because most buses are operated and owned by the government. Defining blame and filing a claim can take longer and be harder to prove. Who exactly has deep pockets, and is ultimately responsible for the bus driver’s negligence?
If the case is taken by a vehicle accident law firm in CA, the first step is to file a claim or notice of claim within a relatively short period of time. Then, we try to determine fault by investigating several factors:
- Were the bus drivers working while fatigued – is this the company policy, or the driver’s fault for not resting when he should have?
- Was the driver not adequately trained or properly screened for employment?
- Was the driver under the influence or high?
- Were the buses improperly loaded, or its equipment poorly maintained?
- Did the bus keep an irregular and dangerous itinerary that was unrealistic for the driver?
All of these factors (and more) come into play, and the law firm of Timothy J. Ryan and Associates can assist you if you have been the victim of a bus accident.