Bus Accidents

Buses make frequent stops, regularly open and shut their doors, letting many people in and out. Most people don’t wear seat belts on buses, and many people are forced to stand. Buses are also quite large, so an accident can be catastrophic to both passengers and to whomever or whatever collides with the bus.

Public and Private Bus Accidents to Riders

A bus driver or bus line may be negligent if it allows passengers to be harmed through its acts or failures to act in a way that keeps passenger safe. A bus company has a duty to ensure the safety of every passenger on board and boarding the bus. Bus riders may be subject to harm in a variety of ways when riding a bus.

They may be hurt when entering or exiting the bus, or fall if the bus makes a sudden turn, stop, or start. For example, if a bus driver needlessly drivers roughly and it causes a passenger to fall and be injured, that passenger may have a claim against the bus company. The passenger may possibly have a claim against the driver. Riders may also be subject to harm from other passengers that may be within the bus company’s control, such as baggage falling from overhead compartments. 

Public and Private Bus Accidents to Other Parties

A collision with a bus can be catastrophic, causing serious damage to the other vehicle and to anyone involved in the collision. Bus drivers and bus companies also have a duty to not cause harm to other people. Anyone hit by or hurt by a bus in an accident may be entitled to recover damages from both the driver and the bus company.

School Bus Accidents

School buses are the most regulated vehicles on the road.[1] However, if a child is hurt on a school bus, the school district and the bus driver themselves may be liable for the harm caused to the child. The school district assumes responsibility for the children on their buses.

Who’s Liable? 

Anyone suing the RTD must give them a notice of claim within 180 days of the incident or else forfeit the claim.[2] There are strict rules and deadlines for filing this notice. If an RTD bus has injured someone, a personal injury lawyer can help them recover.

Speak to a lawyer as soon as you can after the accident if a bus has injured you or a loved one. Your lawyer will have more time to build a claim against the RTD or bus company because they’ll begin working on your case closer to the actual accident. It’s especially helpful for your lawyer to be able to see any injuries, damage, and subsequent surgery or other harm or suffering you’ve endured.

Call our Colorado offices at 303-393-6666 to speak to one of our personal injury lawyers. If you’ve been injured in a bus accident, you may be able to recover damages and compensation for your loss and pain and suffering.

[1] https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/school-bus-safety#bus-regs.

[2] Colo.Rev.Stat. §24-10-109.

 

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What to Expect for Your Case

You Are Involved in an Accident

You are stopped at a red light, waiting for the light to change and you get rear-ended.

You are walking toward the deli counter at the grocery store, and you slip and fall in the beverage aisle.

Your insurance company denies your claim for the hail damage from the storm in your neighborhood.

What do you do when an accident happens? First, check to see if you are injured. If you are injured, be sure to seek immediate medical attention. You also want to be sure to document everything. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, then be sure to take photos, obtain the other driver’s insurance information, and contact the police. If you slip and fall at a grocery store, make sure you complete an incident report, obtain witness information, and take photos. If you have a dispute with your insurance company, make sure you document all of your correspondence and communication.

Contact An Attorney

Be sure to contact an attorney about your accident as soon as possible following your accident.

An attorney can help guide you through the process of making a claim with an insurance company, which is an unfamiliar process for most people. An attorney can makes sure that the correct parties and entities are notified and that your accident and injuries are well documented. Not only can an attorney help you with this process, but hiring an attorney gives you the peace of mind knowing that things are being done the right way.

Accept a Settlement or Proceed to Litigation

Does it make sense to accept a settlement or file a lawsuit?

You have completed your medical treatment and your attorney has submitted a demand to the insurance company. At this time, the insurance company may be willing to make a settlement offer to resolve the case. Your attorney will help you decide whether to accept a settlement or proceed with a lawsuit against the opposing party.

Litigation

You filed a lawsuit against the opposing party so what happens now?

When you file a lawsuit against another party, then the litigation process begins. The insurance company will likely hire a well-qualified attorney to represent its Defendant and the case will be assigned to a judge and courtroom. Attorneys will send written discovery, obtain documents, and take depositions. The attorneys are doing everything they can to prepare the case for trial and to find out more about the other side’s case. The parties may still try to resolve the case either informally or with a mediator.

Trial

What happens in a trial?

The parties are unable to resolve the case so they go to trial. The attorneys and the judge pick a jury to decide the case. Then each attorney makes an opening statement. Next, the injured party’s attorney presents his case, which usually includes testimony from the injured party, any witnesses, medical providers, and hired experts. Then the Defendant’s attorney has the opportunity to present his case and call his own witnesses and present his own evidence. After jury instructions, each side makes a closing argument, trying to convince the jury to find for their side. Finally, the jury must agree on a verdict.

  • 1You Are Involved in an Accident

    You Are Involved in an Accident

    You are stopped at a red light, waiting for the light to change and you get rear-ended.

    You are walking toward the deli counter at the grocery store, and you slip and fall in the beverage aisle.

    Your insurance company denies your claim for the hail damage from the storm in your neighborhood.

    What do you do when an accident happens? First, check to see if you are injured. If you are injured, be sure to seek immediate medical attention. You also want to be sure to document everything. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, then be sure to take photos, obtain the other driver’s insurance information, and contact the police. If you slip and fall at a grocery store, make sure you complete an incident report, obtain witness information, and take photos. If you have a dispute with your insurance company, make sure you document all of your correspondence and communication.

  • 2Contact An Attorney

    Contact An Attorney

    Be sure to contact an attorney about your accident as soon as possible following your accident.

    An attorney can help guide you through the process of making a claim with an insurance company, which is an unfamiliar process for most people. An attorney can makes sure that the correct parties and entities are notified and that your accident and injuries are well documented. Not only can an attorney help you with this process, but hiring an attorney gives you the peace of mind knowing that things are being done the right way.

  • 3Accept a Settlement or Proceed to Litigation

    Accept a Settlement or Proceed to Litigation

    Does it make sense to accept a settlement or file a lawsuit?

    You have completed your medical treatment and your attorney has submitted a demand to the insurance company. At this time, the insurance company may be willing to make a settlement offer to resolve the case. Your attorney will help you decide whether to accept a settlement or proceed with a lawsuit against the opposing party.

  • 4Litigation

    Litigation

    You filed a lawsuit against the opposing party so what happens now?

    When you file a lawsuit against another party, then the litigation process begins. The insurance company will likely hire a well-qualified attorney to represent its Defendant and the case will be assigned to a judge and courtroom. Attorneys will send written discovery, obtain documents, and take depositions. The attorneys are doing everything they can to prepare the case for trial and to find out more about the other side’s case. The parties may still try to resolve the case either informally or with a mediator.

  • 5Trial

    Trial

    What happens in a trial?

    The parties are unable to resolve the case so they go to trial. The attorneys and the judge pick a jury to decide the case. Then each attorney makes an opening statement. Next, the injured party’s attorney presents his case, which usually includes testimony from the injured party, any witnesses, medical providers, and hired experts. Then the Defendant’s attorney has the opportunity to present his case and call his own witnesses and present his own evidence. After jury instructions, each side makes a closing argument, trying to convince the jury to find for their side. Finally, the jury must agree on a verdict.