Bus travel is one of the safest modes of transportation out there. However, considering that passengers are traveling in a vehicle that is thousands of pounds in weight, and is bulky, it is surprising to find so many bus accident-related injuries and fatalities occurring every year.
In any bus accident, there can be more than one person or entity that can be named in a claim. Filing a bus accident claim is very different from filing an auto accident claim. Your car accident claim may involve just one motorist. Your bus accident claim, however, can mention the following parties.
The bus driver
The bus driver may be negligent if he was driving at excessive speeds at the time of the accident, or if he was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or if he was distracted while driving. You don’t really want to think about the driver of your bus texting while driving, or talking on a cell phone at the wheel, but this happens far too often for comfort. Distracted driving is widely prevalent among commercial motor vehicle operators, and the federal administration recently banned texting while driving for all truck and bus drivers. Any bus driver found violating federal commercial motor vehicle regulations can be named in your claim.
Bus companies have a duty to hire experienced and skilled drivers, and maintain the quality of their feet. If they fail in these duties, and this results in an accident, victims can name the company in their claim as well.
Maintenance and Repair Companies
Many bus operators prefer to outsource the maintenance and repairs of their fleets to other companies. Often, these maintenance programs are inadequate, and may not identify possible defects that could result in an accident. A company that is neglecting maintenance procedures may miss a tire tread separation, or a brake defect that could prove deadly. In such cases, accident victims can file a claim against the maintenance and repair company.
Bus accidents are also very often the result of the shoddy construction and design of roadways, and poor maintenance of highways. In such cases, the relevant government agency that is responsible for the construction, maintenance and repairs of the road where the accident occurred, can be named in a claim. These agencies can include everybody from the Pennsylvania Department Of Transportation to local county, as well as city agencies.
Public transit can be an affordable and convenient option. Unfortunately, accidents do occur. Poorly trained or negligent workers can cause accidents, as can equipment failures. In addition, SEPTA and other public transportation companies are protected by laws that only apply to them. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a SEPTA bus or train—or any other bus—we can help.
The Pennsylvania bus accident lawyers at Solnick and Levin represent victims of bus accidents across Pennsylvania.