Northern Virginia Bus Accident Lawyers
Bus accidents involve a high risk of injury and property damage because of their size, weight, and number of passengers. Public transportation busses are used by commuters every day, while charter and tour busses carry people to and from events and on sight-seeing tours. Large busses are an effective means of transportation, but can result in serious injuries if operated negligently.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, we are committed to helping victims of bus accidents fight for compensation after bus crashes. If you suffered a severe injury or the loss of a loved one in a bus accident, the Northern Virginia personal injury lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C. may be able to help you establish liability and recover compensation for your medical costs and noneconomic damages.
Who is liable for a bus accident?
Many traffic collisions are the result of driver error, but others are caused by defective auto parts and poor vehicle maintenance. If you suffered an injury on a bus, you may be able to file a lawsuit against one or more of the following parties:
- The city, town or county that operates the bus
- The bus company
- The driver
The term “liability” describes who is at fault for the accident. If the driver negligently operated the bus under the influence of alcohol or drugs, then he will likely be held responsible or “at fault” for any accident caused by his intoxication. The bus company may also be held liable if it did not have sufficient safety procedures to prevent the driver from driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. There are also strict rules created by the Federal Government which limit the hours that bus drivers can drive, and require them to keep track of the hours with logs.
If these rules are violated and they were the cause of a collision, then the bus company and the driver will be likely be held responsible. The bus company is also responsible for providing safe equipment, and ensuring the bus is safe to be on the roadway. For example, if the bus company failed to provide safe tires, and that was the cause of a crash, the bus company would likely be held liable for any tire blowouts and related damages. To see who could be held responsible for your accident, speak with the legal team at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C.
Why Choose Our Personal Injury Attorneys
We believe that accident victims have the right to pursue compensation for their injuries. We offer aggressive representation and skilled legal guidance to clients in Northern Virginia, so contact us online today for a free consultation regarding your case.