Bus trips throughout New York and across the country each year number in the billions. These statistics are not difficult to believe when you take into account that 25 million children use school buses each day to travel to and from educational facilities. In addition, there are countless transit buses and private coaches that carry passengers seven days a week in the country.
Buses are like other vehicles on the road in that auto accidents are possible through collisions with other vehicles or stationary objects. These accidents can occur due to a mistake on the part of the driver, negligence from the company, inclement weather, fault of another driver and failed equipment.
The injuries that are possible when involved in a bus accident range from minor bumps and bruises to broken bones, serious burns and even death. When an injury or death occurs, the accident victim or their family needs to understand where they can hope to find compensation.
Bus riders injured in an accident caused by another driver can file an injury claim against the insurance of the at-fault driver. However, when this is not an option, things become a little more complicated.
Most public transportation is available to citizens at the courtesy of local and state governments. The sovereign immunity enjoyed by government entities makes it more difficult to sue them. However, individuals injured in a bus accident can file a claim against a transportation provider if that provider is responsible.
Filing a lawsuit against a public transportation provider can become a complex process. Someone who has been injured in an accident while riding a bus may secure a better outcome for themselves by partnering with an personal injury attorney.