West Palm Beach Bus Accident Attorney
For 50 years, the team at Colson Hicks Eidson has worked to help clients injured in all types of vehicle accidents. We recognize that some accidents are worse than others, particularly those involving larger vehicles. Our lawyers understand that you need help after a serious incident. Our attorneys handle cases throughout the State of Florida (and nationwide). Let us get to work on your case today. We are ready to take on insurance carriers and businesses in order to secure the compensation you need right now.
What causes most bus accidents?
Bus accidents happen in a variety of ways, including bus driver negligence and vehicle failure:
- Bus drivers should always be trained to operate their vehicles and should follow all laws and regulations regarding safe operation. This includes operating on the allowable number of hours during a day or workweek. It also includes never driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs or while distracted by a phone or other device.
- Vehicle failure can occur when a bus is not properly maintained. The failure of the tires/wheels, engine, steering, brakes, lighting, suspension, and more can all lead to serious incidents on the roadways. Bus companies and agencies are responsible for maintaining these vehicles.
Who is liable in these incidents?
Bus companies and agencies have a “duty of care.” This means that they must make a certain amount of effort to ensure that the passengers are safe. When examining the standard of care, we need to distinguish between two types of carriers:
Common carriers are buses that are available to the public. These carriers must act with the utmost care to ensure their passengers are safe. This is a strict requirement, meaning that they must take the amount of care that a prudent and competent person would take in a similar situation.
- Adequately training drivers
- Ensuring all buses are regularly inspected and maintained
Private carriers are those who can refuse service to the public. They transport individuals and goods only in certain circumstances. This can include school, charter, coach, and corporate shuttle buses, as well as buses that transport passengers to and from cruise ships and theme parks. Private carriers must uphold a “reasonable” amount of care to prevent accidents and injuries. This is the amount of care an ordinary person would take under similar circumstances.
Our firm is ready to take your case
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus crash that was caused by the negligence of a bus driver or bus company, please seek legal assistance immediately. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to take your case. Our attorneys will work vigorously to secure the compensation you need, including coverage of your medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering damages. We handle cases on a contingency fee basis, so you will not have to worry about attorney fees unless we are successful in your case. When you need a bus accident attorney to handle your case in West Palm Beach, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at 305-476-7400.