Bus and Motorcoach Accidents
Since buses and motorcoaches can be massive in both size and weight, they can cause major damage when accidents occur. If you or a loved one have been injured, contact the Atlanta bus accident lawyers at Finch McCranie for a free consultation.
With the rise in traffic congestion in the metro Atlanta area, many people are choosing to commute to and from work by public transportation, including buses. Bus drivers and their companies are held to high safety standards that they must follow, such as making sure drivers receive proper training and are not fatigued from working too many hours. When bus companies and drivers fail to ensure that appropriate safety measures are in place, accidents can happen and innocent riders and members of the public can be seriously injured or killed. Our Atlanta bus accident lawyers have successfully litigated many of these cases and have decades of experience helping those who have been seriously injured or died as a result of a bus accident which could have been prevented. With an average of 360 million bus passengers each year, bus accidents are frequent occurrences in major city streets and highways.Who is Liable in a Bus Accident?
Buses are “common carriers” that transport passengers as a service. Under Georgia law, these common carriers are held to higher safety standards than ordinary members of the motoring public. While most drivers are required to “exercise ordinary care” in operating a motor vehicle, common carriers are required to “exercise extraordinary care” in the operation of a vehicle. Typical at-fault parties we see in Atlanta bus crashes include:
- Private bus companies. A privately-owned transportation company can be held liable if one of its drivers is found to be at fault for causing an accident. If the driver is found to have negligently caused an accident, his employer (typically the private company), can be held liable for his conduct. In these cases we also demand that the company produce the driver’s personnel file. In some cases, we have uncovered evidence showing that the driver was not properly trained to safely operate a bus, or that a driver had been involved in several other accidents which were found to be preventable. In these circumstances, we pursue an additional theory of liability against the bus company for negligent hiring, training, and/or retention.
- The government. In Georgia, the State and local governments, including counties and cities, can be sued for the negligent operation of a motor vehicle, including a bus. There are numerous requirements that must be met before you can successfully file suit and recover against one of these government entities. The lawyers are Finch McCranie LLP have decades of experience in pursuing these types of cases.
- Third parties: In rare circumstances, our investigation of a bus or motor coach accident reveals that there may be claims for product liability for defective parts on the bus that malfunction and cause injury. In other cases, sometimes there is a third-party driver who is found to be at fault for causing the accident.
The parties that may be held liable for your damages as a bus accident victim depend upon who caused or contributed to your injuries. Federal and state laws may play a role in determining who is legally responsible for the crash, as well as your options for pursuing recovery.Bus Accident Attorneys in Atlanta, Georgia
Our firm has litigated some of the most serious bus accident cases, including the Bluffton Baseball Team’s bus accident. If you or someone you know has been involved in a serious bus accident in Atlanta, GA, Finch McCranie may be able to help you. Please contact us online or call us at (404) 658-9070 to set up a free consultation. You will always speak directly with one of our lawyers.