Atlanta Bus Accident Attorney
Buses in Atlanta may seem like safe alternatives to driving – and often they are. Unfortunately, police respond to hundreds of bus crash calls every year. Most of these accidents are minor, with bus passengers hardly experiencing more than a bump. In some cases, however, bus accidents end in serious injuries. If you suffered broken bones, muscle injuries, whiplash, or other harms in a recent bus accident in Atlanta, contact Butler Wooten & Peak LLP. You may be eligible for compensation.
Pursuing Financial Recovery After a Bus Accident
A bus accident can leave you in the hospital, with mounting medical bills and thousands of dollars in lost wages. Your financial future may depend on what you can receive in a personal injury lawsuit. Our law firm knows a PI claim can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be with competent attorneys. The lawyers in our office can help you identify the defendant(s), determine fault, and fight for just compensation for losses. Potential defendants in a bus accident can include:
- Bus driver. Despite being in charge of the safety of dozens of paying passengers, bus drivers may not take their responsibilities seriously. Bus drivers might operate the vehicle while drunk, drowsy, or distracted. Bus driver negligence can lead to a lawsuit against the individual but more likely against the company. Vicarious liability makes employers legally responsible for the actions of employees while on duty.
- Bus company. In most cases, bus companies are liable for the mistakes of drivers through vicarious liability. This means if the bus driver was on duty at the time of the wreck, the driver’s employer must pay for victims’ damages. If the company failed to investigate a driver before hiring him/her and missed a record of driving under the influence, the company would also be at fault.
- The City of Atlanta. Buses may be under the control of private companies or public entities. In the event that a public entity such as the city of Atlanta regulates the bus that crashed, victims will have to file claims against the government. These claims typically involve first writing a letter of intent to the correct administration under a strict deadline – often within six months of the crash. Always speak to an attorney about public bus accidents to ensure you obey the special rules that apply.
- A third party. Some bus accidents stem from third-party negligence. A third party can be a number of individuals and entities: manufacturers of defective bus parts, other drivers on the road, or a maintenance crew in charge of clearing roadway hazards. It may be possible to sue more than one party for your bus accident – for example, the bus company for hiring an incompetent driver and a third party for a malfunctioning traffic light.
There are many potential options when it comes to liability for your injuries. The important part is that someone pays for your physical, emotional, and financial losses. Let us take care of the legwork of filing a lawsuit for you in Atlanta. Contact us to discuss your bus accident during a free consultation in Atlanta.