If you or someone you love was injured in a bus accident in Maine, you should discuss your options with an experienced Maine personal injury attorney. Whether the injury occurred in a traffic accident or as the passenger was entering or exiting the bus, or even while a person was waiting on a bus platform, the injured victim may be able to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in recent years approximately 11,000 people were injured in bus crashes each year, and more than 300 people a year were killed in bus crashes in the U.S.. In some cases, the accidents and the resulting injuries are caused by negligence: the negligence of the driver involved, the negligence of the company that hired the driver, or the negligence of the company entrusted with the bus’ maintenance and repairs. In such cases, the injured victims can claim compensation from the negligent party. In other cases, the injuries may be caused by the use of a defective product, and the injured victim would seek compensation from the manufacturer and suppliers of that product. A bus driver injured on the job would not be limited to the remedies provided by Workers’ Compensation if his or her injuries were caused by a defective product.
Businesses that operate buses or shuttles and transport passengers for profit owe their customers a heightened duty of care. They must also comply with a variety of federal and state laws and regulations, including regulations that apply to the drivers and the vehicles, as well as regulations specifically focused on passenger carriers. Because a violation of the relevant laws and rules would impact the assessment of negligence in a case, it is crucial that you consult an attorney who understands and can make effective use of those rules.
Serving clients injured in bus accidents throughout Maine, the law firm of Peter Thompson & Associates offers an experienced team of personal injury attorneys, case managers, and paralegals, who work with an in-house private investigator and board-certified physician consultants. We represent both residents and visitors from out of state who are injured while in Maine. Our initial consultation is free, and we don’t get paid unless we obtain compensation for our clients.
For a free consultation regarding a bus accident in Maine, please call 800-804-2004 or fill out and submit our online form.