Bus Accident Attorneys
Bus Accident Injury Law
Perhaps because they tend to be driven by professionals, buses are rarely involved in accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bus accidents represented just 0.5% of all fatal collisions in 2007, and just 0.3% of injury accidents. However, when there is a bus crash in Maryland, it tends to be very serious because of the number of people a bus can carry. The extremely heavy weight of a bus and the lack of seatbelts or other basic safety measures on most buses may also make a bus accident more serious.
Types of Bus Collisions
Bus crashes pose a special challenge for attorneys because so many buses are owned, operated or hired by government organizations. Federal, state and local government organizations in Maryland have sovereign immunity, a legal theory allowing them to avoid being sued for some injuries and set strict rules for other suits. People who were hurt on a municipal bus, school bus or mass transit bus may sue the government entity responsible for their accidents, but they must follow strict rules to do it, including very short deadlines by which they must notify the organization that they intend to pursue a legal claim. That’s one reason why so many experts recommend strongly that injured people get the help of a lawyer as soon as possible after the accident.
Bus accidents can affect people both inside and outside the bus. In fact, a crash involving a bus and a car, pedestrian or bicyclist can be especially serious because of the large weight difference between buses and most other vehicles on the road. Just like large trucks, buses weigh many times what a passenger car or even an SUV weighs, which means they bring a much greater force to a collision. In a crash, this means the smaller vehicle — or an unprotected person on foot or on a bicycle — is almost always very seriously damaged. The result is death or permanent disability for many victims — regardless of who was at fault.
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Our Charles County accident attorneys have successfully represented clients throughout Maryland who suffered serious physical, financial and emotional losses because of another person or organization’s carelessness. If you or someone you love was hurt in a bus collision, Alpert Schreyer, LLC can help. To set up a free consultation with one of our experienced bus accident injury attorneys, please contact us as soon as possible by sending us a message online or calling 1 (844)-MDCRASH or 1 (844) 632-7274.