Common FAQs About Bus Accidents
Posted May 1st, 2015 by Anthony Carbone, PC.
Categories: Auto Accidents.
When you take a bus, it’s usually a matter of convenience. You put your life into someone else’s hands and believe that they will get you to your destination safely and on time. But what happens if you get into a bus accident? Who will pay the medical bills or any loss of income?
It may seem confusing about what happens next but it’s really just like any other auto accident. The only difference is that you’re not the one behind the wheel. In an effort to help you breathe a little easier when you board a bus, here’s a few answers to common questions about an accident while riding a bus.
Question: If I or a loved one is injured in an accident while riding the bus, who is responsible for the injuries?
Answer: It depends on who is responsible for the auto accident and this can be a complex situation. If a driver slams his car into your bus, then the driver would be the responsible party. However if the bus ran a red light before the car hit it, then the bus driver is to blame as well. In the case above, you would bring a personal injury lawsuit to both drivers of the accident.
Question: If I was the other driver in the bus accident and was injured, can I sue the bus driver?
Answer: Let’s change the above scenario: The bus had ran a red light and hit your car, causing serious damage to both you and the car. It is determined that the bus driver is solely responsible for the accident. In this case, you could have a claim for not only the bus driver but the company that the driver works for (except if the accident occurred with a jitney bus). If it’s a public transit vehicle, then you may sue the government.
Question: Do I need an attorney after a bus accident?
Answer: If you’ve been injured in a bus accident in New Jersey, the best course of action is to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to help you get the compensation that you deserve. So what are you waiting for? Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today for a free consultation.