Tampa City Bus
When you or your children ride a city bus, you may not think about the dangers involved. After all, buses don’t get into accidents all that often. However, bus safety is not guaranteed. No vehicle is immune from accidents.
While buses are very sturdy, occupants can still suffer injuries. Plus, those outside of the bus—such as motorcyclists, pedestrians, and occupants of other vehicles—can still get seriously injured or even killed.
Have you been a victim of a city bus accident? If so, don’t delay. Call the Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson today.
Causes of City Bus Accidents
Accidents involving city buses can happen for any number of reasons, including the following:
Distracted/negligent drivers. Bus drivers have to maintain control of a huge vehicle. This can be difficult if they are on their phones or dealing with rowdy passengers.
Location. Urban areas are heavily populated. The streets are often crowded, making it hard to maneuver buses.
Road conditions. Uneven roads, potholes, and road construction can lead to a crash.
Weather conditions. Bus drivers must be able to operate the vehicle in all types of weather conditions including rain, snow, and ice. They must take precautions such as reducing speed in these conditions.
Poor maintenance. If the bus is not maintained properly, the bus company can be considered negligent. Buses should be inspected regularly to identify malfunctioning parts and replace unsafe parts, such as seats and seatbelts.
Inadequate training. Poor training is another factor that can be attributed to the bus company. Drivers must receive proper training so they can effectively drive the bus in normal conditions.
City Bus Accident Liability
In Florida, buses are considered “common carriers.” What this means is that legally, bus companies and their drivers are required to keep their buses safe for passengers. This is their duty.
If you can prove that the bus company or driver breached this duty, you are entitled to full compensation for all your damages. This is true whether you were a passenger on the bus or you were a pedestrian, motorcyclist, or driver of another vehicle.
Florida is considered a no-fault state. This means that as a victim of a city bus accident, you can file a claim for compensation, regardless of who is at fault. However, this does not mean that nobody is to blame for the accident. Make sure you get the most compensation possible by hiring a lawyer who understands the laws and nuances involved in city bus accidents.
Contact Us Today
While city buses don’t get into accidents all that often, when they do, they can cause many damages. If you have been a victim, seek legal help as soon as possible.
Obtaining compensation from a common carrier can be a complex process. Seek legal help from the Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson. We know the processes involved and will assist you in getting full compensation for your injuries and other damages. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation. Call 813-251-0072 or fill out the online form.