Who is at Fault in Bus Accidents?
When potential clients meet with our legal team to discuss who can be held responsible after a Louisiana bus accident, there are many factors involved in determining the cause of the accident. There are environmental, mechanical, and operational elements that need to be examined before we can make an accurate assessment of what caused the accident. We depend on our clients to recall the precise details of the accident to the best of their ability in order to help them receive fair compensation for their injuries. Even small details that might not appear significant can trigger significant differences that can make or break a case.
Bus accidents are much more likely to occur in inclement weather. Rain, wind, and fog could all be factors in bus accidents, but this does not absolve bus drivers who do not follow the necessary safety precautions. Some accidents are unavoidable because the poor conditions make driving extremely dangerous. In addition to severe weather posing a threat to bus safety, pre-existing poor road conditions are also a cause of bus accidents. Potholes and debris make it more difficult to drive heavy, slow-moving buses safely. All of these environmental factors need to be taken into account by the bus drivers in order to safely maneuver busses, and avoid accidents.
Busses need to be properly maintained in order to prevent accidents from occurring. Not replacing brake pads and worn tires could cause serious accidents. Busses should have routine maintenance protocols in order to ensure safety for drivers, passengers, and other people that could be affected by bus crashes. If there is a mechanical issue that leads to an accident, the bus company should be held liable for physical injuries sustained by the passengers. Louisiana closely regulates commercial transportation operators to make sure they maintain compliance with vehicle safety measures.
Environmental conditions and mechanical issues are usually not the faults of the driver, but operational factors such as excessive speeding and driving while tired could be avoided by a responsible driver. Many bus companies encourage their drivers to travel long distances in a certain amount of time to optimize the number of trips each bus can take in a given time period. This could lead to the drivers being forced to operate their busses in an unsafe manner. Although the bus driver could be held accountable for accidents that occur, the bus companies are usually susceptible to liability because they urged their drivers to uphold certain time constraints despite the dangers they impose on the passengers.
What steps should you take?
If you have been involved in a bus accident, you should record a precise recollection of the events. The details should include the location of the accident, the date and time of the day of the accident, and information regarding the specific bus such as the driver and the license plate. Although the local law enforcement, news media, insurance companies, and the bus company itself have a vested interest in determining who is at fault, you should reach out to the office of Chris Roy Jr. to discuss your best path forward. Contact our Chris J. Roy, Jr. APLC committed to helping you figure out the best way to navigate through all the parties involved in order for you to receive fair compensation for your physical injuries and emotional distress caused by the accident.