Lakewood Bus Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one were recently injured in a bus accident, the lawyers at Briggs & Briggs are here to help. Sometimes the cheapest or most convenient way to get from point A to point B is to ride a bus. But while buses serve an essential purpose for schoolchildren and adults alike, they also come with an inherent risk. Anyone who rides a bus is putting their life in the hands of a driver whom they likely do not know. Most bus drivers are careful and experienced, but for those who are not, the massive vehicle they are handling can become a death trap for passengers inside and a hazard to other drivers on the road.
At Briggs & Briggs, our Lakewood bus accident attorneys believe that negligent bus drivers and companies should pay for the injuries they cause. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bus accident, our experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help. We are happy to serve bus accident victims in Lakewood, Tacoma, Olympia, Puyallup, Chehalis, and Bremerton. We will handle your case with care and fight aggressively to help you win the compensation you need and deserve. Contact us at (253) 588-6696 to learn more about how our lawyers can help you through this challenging time.
Causes of Bus Accidents
With their huge size and a large number of passengers, buses have a lot more going on inside them than most cars do. With these additional concerns come additional hazards. Here are some of the common causes of bus accidents:
- Driver distraction: Bus passengers can be unpredictable, whether they are children or adults. Loud or unruly passengers or arguments between multiple passengers can sometimes distract drivers, who then divert their attention from the road and risk colliding with someone or something.
- Maintenance issues: Many buses are in almost constant operation, and bus companies or school districts may skimp on routine maintenance and ignore driver-reported issues to keep their buses running on time. Sometimes a tire will blow out, or the brakes will fail because of this negligence.
- Other negligent business practices: When bus companies or school districts hire drivers with a history of traffic offenses or work their employees for too many hours, they may be partially responsible for resulting crashes.
- Other drivers: Some drivers don’t pay close enough attention when driving near buses, which take up large amounts of space and make wide turns and frequent stops. Often, it is distracted or inattentive drivers of other cars that cause bus accidents. Since buses are large and unwieldy, they may be more prone than the smaller cars hitting them to roll over, potentially hitting even more vehicles.
Any of these factors can lead to dangerous or even deadly accidents, particularly when the bus rolls over, sending passengers flying and putting other cars in danger. Whatever caused your bus accident, Briggs & Briggs is equipped and ready to take on your case.
School Bus Accidents
Every parent wants to believe that when they send their kids to school, they can go about their day with the peace of mind that their kids are in safe hands. Unfortunately, the trust parents place in the school system can be shattered when the bus carrying their children crashes. School buses often have hard, metal interiors and no seat belts, allowing children to be thrown about in a metal cage even if the walls of the bus remain intact. Most school buses include emergency exits, but unfortunately, many children never make it out after a crash.
If your child was injured or killed in a school bus accident in Washington State, you as their parent have the legal right to bring a personal injury or wrongful death claim on their behalf. Generally speaking, for public schools, bus drivers are employees of the school district. You may wish to sue the school district, although as a government entity, it may have some special privileges. You may also wish to sue other drivers if they were at fault.
Whatever the specifics of your case, the Lakewood bus accident lawyers of Briggs & Briggs can help you decide how best to handle your school bus injury case.
Who is responsible for the bus accident?
Bus accident cases are often more complicated than most car accidents, involving multiple actors and multiple levels of responsibility. Depending on the specifics of your case, you may wish to sue:
- The bus driver
- The bus company
- The school district
- Other drivers
- Other passengers
As a general rule, individuals tend to have fewer assets than companies or entities like school districts, so it is often less profitable to sue the bus driver. However, the specifics of your case may make that a wise option. In any case, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you sort through the complicated details and decide whom to sue — it may be more than one party.
Recovering Damages in a Bus Accident Claim
Injuries resulting from a bus accident can be life-altering or even deadly. These injuries can take a severe toll on your finances. If you or your loved one has been injured in a bus accident, you can sue to recover damages for many of the resulting costs, including:
- Medical bills
- Car repairs, if you were driving and hit by a bus
- Lost wages due to time off work
- Future lost income
- If your child was injured, the cost of taking time to care for them
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Other miscellaneous recovery-related costs
- Wrongful death
Your lawyer will help you determine which damages to seek and pursue them aggressively. If you are up against a large bus company or school district, they are likely to mobilize their abundant resources to build their case quickly, so it is crucial that you act as soon as possible to start building your case.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a bus accident, the Lakewood bus accident lawyers of Briggs & Briggs are ready to fight for you. With attorneys serving Lakewood, Tacoma, Olympia, Puyallup, Chehalis, and Bremerton, we can work with you where you are. Our firm has been recovering damages for personal injury victims for over sixty years. For more information on how we can help in your case, call us now at (253) 588-6696.