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Bus Accidents

A rash of bus accidents along the East Coast in recent years has motivated the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to review and update bus safety regulations and federal laws.

Although the FMCSA is working to improve bus safety across the country, change takes time and bus accidents are still all too common in Georgia. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, you may be entitled to collect damages for your medical bills, your lost wages, and any additional damages related to your injuries.

To learn more about your case, or to ask a question about your bus accident and injury, please contact the experienced bus accident attorneys at Van Sant Law.

Investigations into these crashes have revealed a number of troubling issues with the commercial busing industry as well as public transit authorities, including:

  • Fatigued bus drivers who fall asleep at the wheel
  • Improperly trained bus drivers
  • Improperly maintained buses
  • Bus drivers who drive recklessly, speed, or drive aggressively
  • Bus drivers use cell phone while driving or drive while distracted
  • Bus drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Bargain bus companies who sacrifice safety in order to offer low ticket prices
  • Bus companies that violate rest and driving regulations
  • Bus equipment failure
Types of Georgia Bus Accidents

Buses have a wide range of uses and come in many shapes and sizes. Most of the bus accident claims we see involve the following types of buses:

  • Public transportation buses
  • Charter buses and Greyhound buses
  • Coaches
  • Tour buses
  • Curbside buses
  • School buses
  • Airport buses

Public transit bus lines in Georgia include:

  • Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Authority (MARTA) operating in Fulton County and DeKalb County
  • Cobb County Transit (CCT), serving the suburban Atlanta area of Marietta, Kennesaw, and Mableton
  • Gwinnett County Transit (GCT), serving the suburban Atlanta areas near Norcross and Lawrenceville
  • Chatham Area Transit (CAT), serving Savannah, Georgia and the surrounding cities and towns
How Bus Accident Injuries Happen

Not all bus accident injuries occur when the bus you are riding collides with another object. In fact, bus accident injuries can take a surprising variety of forms. Here are just a few examples:

  • The bus you are riding collides with another vehicle or object.
  • You are struck by a bus while driving your own vehicle.
  • You are struck by a bus while walking or riding your bike.
  • You are injured due to a poorly designed bus station.
  • You are injured due to a poorly maintained bus station.
  • You are injured at a bus station with poor security.
  • You are injured when the bus you are riding suddenly starts or comes to a stop.
  • You are injured when your bus suffers a mechanical malfunction.
Georgia Bus Accident Claim Complications

A bus accident injury claim is usually more complicated than a traffic accident involving non-commercial vehicles. Not only is the cause of bus accidents often more difficult to understand, but also the bus’ insurance provider often has the power and money to fight back aggressively in order to avoid payouts. In addition, Georgia’s sovereign immunity laws may make it more difficult for accident victims to collect fair and timely compensation when it comes to bus accidents involving government entities, such as a transportation authority or department of transportation.

Any information you can gather about the accident, including photographs of the site and witness accounts, may also help with your claim. Do not sign anything given to you by the bus company or insurance adjuster, as you may be signing away your right to fair and proper compensation.

Have You Been Injured in a Georgia Accident?

If you’ve been injured in an accident you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our office directly at 855-GA-INJURY or 404-991-5950 to schedule your free consultation.

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