Who is Liable for Bus Accidents?

Following a car accident, injury victims can generally recover compensation for their damages by filing a claim with the other driver’s insurance company. Unfortunately, this more direct approach to resolving a collision claim does not apply in cases of bus accidents. Bus accident cases are much more complex, and require careful evaluation to determine who is liable for damages. There are many different parties who could be at fault if you or a loved one was injured in a bus accident.

Driver Liability

In any motor vehicle accident case, the driver will most likely be completely at fault or partially at fault for the collision. Bus accidents differ because the bus drivers do act independently, but also exist as part of a larger organization. It is probable that a bus driver’s reckless behavior behind the wheel is a result of the negligence of their employer, and possibly third parties as well.

Employer Liability

Almost every bus is part of a larger fleet that is owned by either a private company or a government entity. This includes travel businesses, schools, and municipalities. Buses may also be owned by a private company but be part of the operations of another company; for example, if a nursing home regularly uses a bus to transfer its residents to events, businesses, and medical appointments.

Negligence on the behalf of the company or group that owns or operates the bus that was involved in your accident may be liable for damages. It is likely that they will be involved in your case regardless of their level of negligence, because the actions of the driver are ultimately their responsibility.

Other Liable Parties

Third parties other than the bus driver or their employer may be liable for your bus accident. For example, a collision caused by mechanical issues could be the fault of a vehicle manufacturer or mechanic. Bus accidents caused by road conditions may be the fault of the city where the accident took place for failing to maintain their streets. Or, another driver could be liable for the collision.

If you or a loved one was injured in a bus accident, please contact Tedford & Associates today. We will evaluate your case to identify the liable parties and hold them accountable. We are committed to getting you the care you need and the compensation you deserve.

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