USA TODAY reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been leaving bus injuries and accidents out of their reports since at least 1995, and given those inaccurate numbers in testimony to Congress as well as in public reports. (source) This misrepresentation has given the false impression that buses are safer than they are.
The reality is that people are injured in and by buses every day. In school buses alone, approximately 24 children are killed in bus accidents each year. One third of those are when a child is struck by the school bus itself.
A University of Michigan study shows that 63,000 buses are involved in an accident each year, and city buses are 90% more likely to become involved in an accident.
If you’ve been injured as a result of a bus accident (whether it be a city, county or private bus), your case will involve complex regulatory and statutory frameworks governing commercial drivers and government liability. In addition to that there will be business or municipal insurance companies involved, individuals and their own insurance companies, as well as any police reports or witness statements.
To successfully challenge the insurance companies and governments responsible for the bus and driver, you will need to know how to get witness statements, how to recreate accident scenes, and how to get expert witnesses if necessary. In a hard-fought case this could cost a small fortune.
You don’t have to do it alone. The bus accident lawyers at the law offices of James Sorrels know this territory extremely well, drawing upon nearly four decades of experience, including James’ position as a King County Deputy Prosecutor and personal injury civil trial lawyer. In addition, bus collisions present a complex insurance environment which requires an additional layer of expertise beyond the realm of personal insurance (Personal Injury Protection, Property Loss, Wage Loss, Liability, Underinsured Motorist, Disability and Health). Such cases also demand that your attorney be familiar with the principles of accident reconstruction and computer simulations. When it comes to getting the best possible results for you and your family, you need the experience and skill of James Sorrels. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.
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