If you’ve been in a bus crash in Atlanta and now suffer from injuries, you may have a viable personal injury claim. Turn to our bus accident lawyers for free legal advice, we never charge unless we collect on your behalf. To begin your confidential case review, call our offices at 1-800-738-WE-WIN.
Representing Georgians Injured in Bus Accidents
Approximately 74,000 people use the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) or other public transportation to commute in the largest five metro Atlanta counties every day and most people get to their destinations safely. For those who don’t, however, the consequences can be life-altering. Unfortunately, the laws, regulations, and procedures that pertain to claims for public transit accidents are typically much more complicated than those that regulate claims for car and truck crashes.
Claims for accidents that involve the MARTA or other government entities must be handled with care. Unlike personal injury claims involving charter bus or long-distance carrier crashes, in those that are made against city, county, or state agencies, victims may be required to follow a series of complicated steps and meet specific deadlines.
With strict procedures and time limits that are often in place, it can be difficult for non-lawyers to navigate the complicated matrix of laws to recover damages. We have decades of experience handling bus accident claims; let us worry about the legal process while you worry about getting better.
Causes of Bus Injuries
Bus accidents are commonly caused by driver inattentiveness, poor vehicle maintenance, or other acts of negligence by the transportation company, bus manufacturer, or another motorist. While bus crashes are very similar to car accidents, buses have certain characteristics that increase the likelihood of accidents that cause serious injuries.
The massive size and weight of most buses make it nearly impossible for these large vehicles to stop suddenly. These characteristics can also restrict maneuverability, cause limited visibility for the driver, and interfere with views of other motorists.
Buses are usually not equipped with seat belts, airbags, or other safety equipment that are standard on today’s smaller passenger vehicles. When busses stop suddenly, accelerate too quickly, turn sharply, or engage in other careless or reckless behaviors, passengers can suffer slip and falls, become ejected in rollovers, or suffer blunt force trauma upon impact in a crash.
Common Carriers Are Held to a Higher Standard
In Georgia, common carriers are subject to a higher duty of care for the safety of passengers and the public. Bus companies and their drivers must exercise increased caution and vigilance to protect passengers. When a bus driver’s negligence causes injuries, the company or agency responsible for the carrier’s operation may be held liable for damages as well.
From simple fender benders that cause soft-tissue damage to major accidents that result in more significant injuries, our firm is ready to help. Please call today.
Call our bus accident attorneys at 1-800-738-WE-WIN for a free case evaluation.