Every year, Americans take up to 4.6 billion trips on buses, as well as other forms of public transportation — and still more take private and chartered bus trips, too. From the signature yellow school bus fleets to ever-expanding mass transit systems, more and more citizens are relying on these massive vehicles for business, school, and pleasure with every passing year.
While bus accidents may not be as common as other motor vehicle crashes, however, one recent study found that up to 63,000 buses are involved in a major accident each year, leaving many of the occupants with damaging and painful injuries. Here at Davis Levin Livingston, we understand how to pursue injury claims in the event of a complex and overwhelming bus accident, and fight for the fair recovery you deserve.
Do you need to speak with one of our skilled Hawaii bus accident lawyers? Call (808) 740-0633 today for more information.
Who Is Liable in a Bus Crash?
Although you might assume that the operator of the bus or a negligent third party will always be found financially responsible in a bus accident, the truth is that these cases are far more complex to litigate than the standard car accident. Hawaii is a no-fault state, which means that the vehicle’s insurance company will be primarily responsible for covering injuries after an accident. However, there could also be any number of other parties and organizations involved in your bus accident claim, ranging from private bus companies to entire school districts to local government branches.
Additionally, the law treats buses differently depending on whether they are “common carriers” or privately operated vehicles. Because public and city buses are part of America’s vast mass transportation network, they are specially regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and required to observe higher safety standards – and carry insurance coverage to match. Private carriers, including charter or tour buses, may not be held to the same standards. That can make it more challenging to get the compensation you need after an accident.
Common Causes of Bus Crashes
Some of the biggest causes behind a bus accident can include the following:
- Bus driver road rage or aggression
- Drunk driving
- Lack of proper bus maintenance
- Faulty or absent safety equipment
- Other passengers
- Poor driver training
- Extreme weather conditions
- Failure to reduce speed
- Driving too closely behind other vehicles
- Bus driver fatigue
- Hours of Service (HOS) violations
Dedicated to Helping You Recover
When you’ve been hurt in a complex bus accident, it can be overwhelming, and leave you wondering where to turn for assistance. Our Hawaii bus accident team at Davis Levin Livingston is here to hear your story, and pursue maximum compensation for your injuries.
With 40 years of combined experience and millions won on behalf of injury victims, our award-winning attorneys know how to get results, even in incredibly complicated bus crash cases. Known for our relentless pursuit of justice, we will handle every aspect of your case so that you can focus on healing.
To schedule your complimentary case evaluation, just call (808) 740-0633 and get assistance from our responsive staff.