At Portner & Shure, we have handled numerous cases involving devastating bus accidents. These accidents routinely result in serious injuries and leave passengers and other drivers questioning how they will move on as they face a difficult physical recovery and mounting medical bills.
Why do bus accidents result in injuries? First, buses are not required to have seat belts or crash-resistant roofs like standard automobiles. With passengers not secured in an accident and not protected with a crash-resistant roof, they are more susceptible to injuries, particularly to the spinal cord and brain. In fact, 70 percent of deaths in these accidents are due to passengers being ejected from the bus.
For a free consultation, call Portner & Shure today at (410) 995-1515 or (301) 854-9000 in Maryland, (703) 916-1227 in Virginia or (202) 554-1449 in DC. Is English not your first language? Our support staff includes paralegals fluent in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Korean and Vietnamese.
Building Your Bus Accident Claim
Our injury attorneys will investigate all aspects of the bus accident that left you or a loved one injured. This includes looking into the driver's history for any previous negligence as well as examining any medical conditions or other circumstances that may have impaired his or her ability to safely drive a bus.
Other causes of bus crashes we will look out for include ignored safety recalls on defective parts, improper or lacking maintenance, bus driver alcohol or drug use, and lack of bus driver training.
If the bus company has a history of negligent hiring or other violations, we will pursue damages from them as well to fully compensate you for your losses. In past cases, we have found that bus companies with a history of safety violations simply register a new name and reincarnate themselves without making needed changes to promote safety.
Prevalence of Public Transportationin Many Maryland Areas
Many Dundalk, Essex, Rosedale, Canton, and White Marsh residents use Maryland’s public bus transportation. Buses are prevalent throughout the area which also raises the risk of accidents. These accidents could include buses crashing into another vehicle or buses running into a bicyclist or a pedestrian. Consequently, bus accidents occur far too often, sometimes resulting in serious injuries.
The experienced attorneys at Portner & Shure have handled several bus accident cases. Common causes of bus accidents include:
- Bus driver negligence
- Driver fatigue
- Failure to stop at a stop sign or traffic light
- Improper bus maintenance
- Dangerous weather conditions
Determining fault in a bus accident whether it is a school bus, public transportation bus, or privately chartered bus all depends on the cause of the accident.
Get the Representation You Need After A Bus Accident
If you have suffered injuries in a bus accident, you need help from an experienced personal injury lawyer. Contact us online today or call (410) 995-1515 or (301) 854-9000 for a free initial consultation with one of our Columbia bus accident attorneys. We also serve clients in Virginia ((703) 916-1227) and Washington, D.C ((202) 554-1449). Our attorneys handle these cases on a contingency basis, meaning we don't collect unless you do.