The attorneys at Colson Hicks Eidson are pioneers in the area of catastrophic injury litigation. We fight to obtain compensation for injured victims.
Bus Accident Attorney for Passenger Injury Rights
For more than 40 years, our personal injury attorneys have assisted a variety of victims hurt in accidents. These cases range from international airplane litigation to local Miami, fender benders and traffic accidents. All of our clients get the same experienced legal representation, attention and access to justice no matter their claim type or size.
Our personal injury attorneys want to help all who have been harmed by negligence. Our work on behalf of accident victims includes the recoveries gained for clients who suffered serious injuries in bus accidents. We have also represented families whose loved ones passed away in fatal public transportation accidents. In fact, our bus accident attorneys made the news when we successfully represented the family of a man killed in a devastating Miami bus crash in a wrongful death suit.
Our personal injury law firm handles cases nationwide, and we invite you to call us and discuss your potential claim at no charge.
Florida Attorneys with Bus Accident Lawsuit Experience
In December of 2012, a bus carrying 32 passengers crashed into an overpass at the Miami International Airport. According to the bus crash lawsuit, the bus driver crashed the 11-foot-tall bus into an 8-foot-tall overpass. The driver was speeding while driving the wrong route. Two passengers died, including our client Francisco Urena, who was a husband and father.
We argued that all bus drivers nationwide must be aware of the height limitations of the vehicles they operate. Our law firm also found it alarming that the bus driver collided with an overpass in broad daylight. Furthermore, there were several visible warning signs for high vehicles. Bus companies must therefore make sure that their bus drivers receive proper training. When drivers understand what traffic signs to look for, these types of bus accidents from happening in the future.
Who is at Fault? Finding Liability in a Bus Accident
The law holds buses to a liability obligation called “duty of care”. This means that a bus company must make a certain amount of effort to ensure the safety of its passengers.
Buses have different standards of liability depending on whether they fall into the category of common carrier or private carrier.
Common carriers are methods of transportation available to the public. These carriers must act with the utmost care to ensure passenger safety. This is a very strict requirement. It means that common carriers must take the amount of care that a prudent and competent person would exercise in the same or similar conditions. This includes ensuring that they adequately train their drivers as well as perform frequent inspections and maintenance of their vehicles.
Private carriers may refuse service to the public and only transport individuals and goods under certain circumstances. School buses, coach, charter, corporate shuttles and buses that transport passengers to and from theme parks and cruise ships are all private carriers. Private carriers must uphold only a reasonable amount of care to prevent injuries and accidents. This is usually the amount of care an ordinary person would exercise in similar conditions.
Failing to uphold the appropriate duty of care could constitute negligence on the part of the bus driver and carrier. Victims of negligence may be able to file a personal injury claim against the bus company for any injuries and suffering they endured because of negligence.
Attorneys Handling Bus Crash Cases in Miami and Across the U.S.
After an accident, the bus company may offer you a settlement to minimize monetary losses from a bus accident lawsuit. However, you should contact our bus accident attorneys before accepting any offers from a bus company. We can help you determine if this is a fair amount for your medical expenses, lost wages as well as pain and suffering caused by the bus crash.
If you suffered an injury from a bus accident, or if a loved one has suffered a wrongful death in a fatal bus accident, our accident lawyers want to see to it that you receive the compensation you deserve. Each bus accident attorney as our firm can help determine if a bus line breached its duty of care requirement when you fill our our confidential, online case review form today.