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Bus Accidents in Florida: What to Do if You’re Injured

In Florida, there are significant numbers of victims injured or killed in bus accidents annually.  Florida’s transportation system varies across the state, and there are many types of buses designed for specific purposes. Examples include motor coaches for long-distance travel, school buses, minibuses, shuttle buses, single or double-decker buses, and trolleys. Urban areas have city transit buses, theme park and tour buses, and inter-city buses.  In addition, nationwide motor coach companies provide transportation inter-state.

Bus Accident Statistics and Florida Statutes

The United States Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, reported 73,930 bus accidents nationwide in 2019. According to statista.com, an independent research and analysis company, Florida ranks high in the nation for the number of registered buses and accidents. In 2019, there were almost 60,000 registered buses in Florida. 

 https://www.statista.com/statistics/196342/total-number-of-registered-buses-in-the-united-states-by-state/

In Florida, there are specific laws that govern traffic regarding school buses. (Florida Statute 316.172.) According to the American School Bus Council, school buses transport more than 25 million children to and from school annually.  

http://www.americanschoolbuscouncil.org/

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association establishes standards to improve safety on the roadways. That organization has established higher safety standards for school buses than for other types of buses. In addition to school bus accidents on the roadways, injuries and fatalities are prevalent for children boarding or leaving the bus.

What Steps to Take After a Bus Accident

Being involved in an accident is frightening and can be life changing. Seeking medical attention to document injuries can help a victim achieve fair compensation from the liable parties. In Florida, buses that carry passengers for a fee are classified as common carriers and do not carry PIP insurance, with the exception of school buses. However, an act of negligence permits a passenger to file a personal injury claim against the at fault parties. It is in your best interest to consult with an attorney before making any statements to insurance agencies or attorneys from the opposing parties.

Injuries Sustained in Bus Accidents

Like all motor vehicle accidents, there is a broad range of injuries and fatalities in bus accidents. Examples are fractures, neck and spine injuries, internal organ damage, lacerations, traumatic brain injuries, disfigurement, amputations, and death. Even a minor accident can have life-changing consequences. Many buses do not provide a restraint system for passengers. In addition, passengers’ carry-on items can become projectiles during an accident or an abrupt stop. Due to a high center of gravity, buses are prone to rollovers.

Important Questions to Consider for Bus Accident Claims:

  • What are the injuries of the drivers and passengers?
  • Were the drivers under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or prescription medication?
  • What was the cause of the accident?
  • Were the vehicles involved appropriately maintained?
  • What were the weather conditions at the time of the accident?
  • Did the bus meet federal regulations?
  • Is the claim within the statute of limitations?
  • Are there witnesses, photos, or video surveillance of the accident?
  • Did the accident occur on a college campus or privately owned property, such as a theme park?
  • Is the victim a minor child or incapacitated adult?

Finding Quality Legal Representation for your Case

Orlando Accident Attorney has more than two decades of success litigating complex personal injury cases against private and government entities. Bus accident claims have specific procedural requirements. Our attorneys have the knowledge and skill to comply with the state and federal judicial process. We help our clients sort through their legal options, navigate the justice system, and handle all communications and negotiations with insurance carriers and the at-fault parties. 

There May Be Multiple Defendants Named in a Bus Accident:

  • The bus operator
  • The bus company or government entity
  • The bus manufacturers
  • The bus maintenance firms
  • Local or state agencies that maintain roadways
  • Drivers of other vehicles involved in the accident 
  • A private entity that contracts with a bus company

Schedule a No-Obligation Consultation with a Florida Personal Injury Law Firm

The experienced and compassionate legal team at Orlando Accident Attorney can review all the details of your case and discuss your options for compensation. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a bus accident, contact us today. We fight to protect our client’s rights for maximum compensation so that you can focus on your recovery. We are located in Winter Park, Florida, and we represent clients throughout Florida. Call us at (407) 706-3909.