Helping The Victims Of Florida Bus Accidents

If you are injured in a bus accident, whether you were a passenger on the bus, a person in another vehicle that was struck by a bus, or you were hit by a bus while walking or riding a bike, you need to contact an attorney very quickly. You have rights that need to be protected.

At the Law Offices of Paul K. Schrier, PLLC, our attorneys are here to help you deal with the challenges you face after a serious accident injury. We have recovered more than $500 million for our clients. We have offices in Miami, Sunrise, Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa.

We are trial lawyers who will take your case as far as it needs to go to obtain justice. Call 305-893-5500 to speak to a lawyer.

Why You Need To Act Quickly After A Bus Accident

There are many issues that separate bus accidents from other types of motor vehicle collisions. As common carriers, the companies that operate bus lines owe a higher duty of care toward the safety of passengers than other drivers. It's important for your attorney to collect and preserve evidence of negligence before it disappears — or the bus company goes out of business.

In many cases, local governments are responsible for accidents involving public transportation and school buses. When the bus was owned and operated by a governmental agency, the time to file a personal injury lawsuit is reduced from the typical four years to a mere six months.

It is important for your attorney to contact the responsible insurance company immediately after a bus accident and file an appropriate claim. Insurers of bus lines will often deny claims, and you will have a limited amount of time to appeal the decision. If you miss a deadline, you could lose your right to recover compensation.

Examples Of Negligence In Bus Accident Cases

Common causes of bus accidents include:

  • Driver fatigue — It is not uncommon for bus drivers to be overtired and therefore be less aware of what is going on around them. This can cause an accident for any driver, regardless of the vehicle he or she is operating.
  • Road conditions — Weather-related hazards such as high winds, wet leaves and a whole host of other issues can make road conditions difficult. It takes far more time to stop a bus going 50 miles per hour than it takes to stop a car at the same speed.
  • Poor maintenance — Because buses typically travel more hours per day than most passenger vehicles, they require different maintenance. Poor maintenance can play a role in many accidents.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Florida was in the top 10 states for fatalities involving a bus or large truck.

Call Our Bus Accident Attorneys For A Free Consultation

If you or someone you love has been injured in a bus accident, call 305-893-5500 or complete our contact form to talk with one of our attorneys. We offer a free case evaluation.