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. 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.
Anyone suing the RTD must give them a notice of claim within 180 days of the incident or else forfeit the claim. 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.
 Colo.Rev.Stat. §24-10-109.