Bus Accident Lawyers Serving Maryland, Virginia And Washington D.C.
No Control For Those On The Bus
Those riding on a bus at the time of an accident have zero control over the factors leading to a collision. Additionally, most public transportation buses in Maryland and Virginia do not have seat belts. A great majority of serious bus injuries are caused when individuals are thrown about inside the vehicle upon the force of impact. The law typically holds the operators of commercial carriers (vehicles providing transport to the public) to the “highest standard of care.” Essentially, when you ride a bus being operated by another person (or any other commercial vehicle for that matter: airplane, boat etc.) you are essentially putting your life in someone else’s hands and trusting them to safely navigate you from point A to point B. The operator must thus act with the highest level of care to ensure your safety and often when an accident does occur, it is because this duty has been breached.
What’s the Cause of Your Accident?
The causes of bus accidents can vary. The most typical causes include but are not limited to:
- Talking on the cell phone
- Reckless Driving
- Improper Lane Changes
- Failing To Yield
- Drug Use
- Alcohol Use
- Negligent Maintenance
- Brake Failure
- Failure of driver’s to comply with the legal standard of care
Every Second Counts
Because bus accidents often result in substantial injuries and substantial liability for the bus company, the bus companies are typically well prepared to respond to an accident scene and perform an internal accident investigation to determine the cause of the crash. These investigations often result in performing drug tests for the bus driver’s, capturing and preservation of video footage, interviewing witnesses and other kinds of evidentiary preservation. Not surprisingly, despite all of these efforts, it is very rare that the bus company or its insurer will voluntarily attribute the cause of the accident to their own bus driver’s negligence. Therefore, if you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a bus accident, you should obtain an attorney as soon as possible after the accident to aggressively conduct an independent investigation into the facts and to rapidly secure the evidence that you will need to prove whose fault the accident was.
Who Will be Held Responsible?
Bus collisions in Maryland and Virginia usually involve one of the following entities:
- Maryland Government Buses
- DC Metro Buses
- Transit Companies
- Greyhound Lines
- Metro Access Buses
- School buses
- Other Private Bus Companies
- Medical Transport Companies
- Tour Bus Companies
Again, because the operators of buses can face substantial liability after a collision, the companies who employ the operators typically are prepared to visit the accident scene immediately after an accident and obtain recorded statements, witness information, video recordings, photographic evidence, and otherwise secure whatever evidence they can. This is why it’s important to contact an attorney immediately to discuss the specific facts of your case. Your attorney will be able to promptly secure the evidence you need to prove your case and make sure actions are taken immediately to preserve your claim.
Our lawyers fight every day to help those who have been injured receive just compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident in Maryland or Virginia, contact our Lawyers today for a free consultation! 1-888-540-2599