According to a report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) entitled “Selective Motorcoach Issues,” more than 360 million people travel a combined 28 billion miles as bus passengers in an average year in the U.S.. Tens of thousands of buses transport passengers throughout the country each day. Some of those buses are involved in collisions or other types of accidents, leading to injuries or even the death of some passengers, or of other motorists or pedestrians involved.
Two of the factors identified by the NTSB as common causes of bus accidents are driver fatigue and poorly maintained brakes. However, a variety of other factors might also lead to bus accidents; they include failure to respond appropriately to weather or road conditions, distracted driving, or defectively manufactured parts that fail.
Bus passengers may also be injured not in crashes but in more mundane activities, such as getting on or off a bus.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a bus accident in Northeastern Pennsylvania, you should discuss your situation with an experienced local personal injury attorney. If the accident turns out to have been caused by someone else’s negligence or by the use of a defective product, the injured person may receive compensation for resulting medical bills, pain and suffering associated with the injury, lost wages or loss of earning power, and more.
Bus companies are considered to be “common carriers,” which are held to a high standard of care and expected to follow a complex set of federal and state regulations intended to maximize passenger safety. In turn, manufactures and suppliers of various bus parts and related products are expected to manufacture, design, or supply safe products. An experienced attorney would investigate the circumstances of a bus accident, determine who may be held responsible for any resulting harm, gather the necessary evidence (which may include expert opinions), and build the strongest case possible on behalf of an injured client.
If you are considering pursuing compensation for a bus accident in Lackawanna, Monroe, or Susquehanna County, please contact the attorneys at Needle, Goldenziel, Pascale & Consagra, P.C. today to discuss your options.
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