bus accidentMillions of people use public transportation, school buses and other types of mass transit every day. While letting someone else take the wheel offers many benefits, bus accidents can cause serious injury or death to multiple victims in the blink of an eye. At Pepper & Odom Law Firm, our lawyers have years of experience handling all types of mass transit accident cases and can help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.

Types Of Bus Accidents

When you ride a bus or other form of mass transit, your life is in the hands of the vehicle operator. Thousands of people are injured and hundreds are killed in bus crashes each year. These accidents involve different types of vehicles, including:

  • Public & Commuter Buses
  • Commercially-owned buses (e.g., Greyhound)
  • School Buses
  • Shuttle Buses
  • Tour Buses
  • Buses for the elderly and handicapped, such as ACCESS

Causes Of Accidents And Injuries

Unfortunately, not all bus operators drive responsibly or safely. You don’t necessarily have to be riding the bus to sustain serious injury in an accident. Driver inattention and other negligent acts have the potential to cause severe injury or death to not only bus passengers, but pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists on the road as well. Some factors that may be involved in bus accidents include:

  • Operator inattention
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Failure to pay attention to road signs and signals
  • Driving while intoxicated

In addition, many commercial truck companies carrier higher coverage limits than standard auto insurance policies. This means that although you may be able to recover a greater amount of compensation, trucking companies, and their insurers may be more inclined to dispute or minimize your claim. Our truck accident attorneys are experienced litigators who get results for our clients. We will not hesitate to fight for your rights in court and help you obtain the maximum recovery you deserve.

Liability For Bus Accidents

If you’ve been hurt in a bus accident, more than one person or entity may be liable for your injuries. Our knowledgeable bus accident lawyer will investigate the facts and evidence surrounding the incident and determine which parties to include in your Alabama or Mississippi bus accident claim. Depending on the specific circumstances, the following parties may be liable:

  • Government or public entity
  • Company that owns the buses (if private)
  • Bus driver
  • Vehicle maintenance facility
  • Vehicle manufacturer
  • Other motorists involved in the accident

These types of cases are complex and multifaceted. Seeking the counsel of an experienced bus accident attorney who is well-versed in dealing with government agencies, insurance companies, vehicle manufacturers and other liable parties can help to ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.

Contact A Bus Accident Lawyer

If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in a bus accident, our compassionate and experienced bus accident attorneys at Pepper & Odom Law Firm can help. Contact us online or call 601-202-1111 in Mississippi. In Alabama, call 888-498-4516. If you are unable to travel due to your injury, we will meet you at home or at the hospital for your convenience.