Denver Bus Accident Lawyers
Holding Negligent Bus Drivers Accountable for Collisions
Bus drivers are responsible for upholding the safety and well-being of all passengers aboard their vehicles, as well as other drivers and pedestrians on the road. Any reckless maneuver or negligent behavior can put multiple lives at risk and cause extensive trauma. Negligent bus drivers and companies should be held accountable when they act carelessly, and victims deserve proper compensation for the injuries they have sustained.
If you or someone you love was injured in a bus crash, you need the representation of an experienced and dedicated attorney. Our Denver bus accident lawyers at Leventhal & Puga, P.C. have fought for decades to get our clients the highest possible awards following auto collisions. We can investigate the driver who injured you, work with accident reconstruction experts to collect evidence of negligence, and advocate for your best interests. There is no charge for initial consultations, and we work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no cost to calling us at (303) 759-9945 or toll-free at (877) 433-3906 to discuss your case.
A Duty to Passengers and Other Drivers
Buses are considered public carriers, meaning they are held to a higher standard when operating on the road and must only be operated by professional and experienced drivers. This includes being subject to stricter drugged and drunk driving laws, facing harsher punishments for distracted driving, having to acquire commercial driving licenses, and receiving more thorough training. This applies to both public buses run by government agencies, such as the Regional Transportation District (RTD), as well as private carriers like Greyhound and tour companies. Whenever a driver gets behind the wheel of a larger, powerful vehicle, they must diligently follow the law and avoid putting passengers — and anyone else on the road — in danger.
In the wrong hands, a bus can cause widespread devastation, including pile-up collisions. Like semi-trucks, these vehicles are top-heavy and can roll over during high-speed collisions or wide turns. These vehicles also have larger blind spots where careless drivers can side-swipe nearby bicyclists and motorcyclists. At high speeds, their weight and size can cause catastrophic injuries to anyone in their path, especially pedestrians.
Bottom line: there is no excuse for operating a bus negligently, and a driver should only get behind the wheel if he or she is properly trained, certified, and capable of operating a large vehicle safely.
Your Options After a Collision
Bus drivers and their employers can share liability for a collision. Bus drivers are held to the highest standard on the road, and any act of negligence can make a driver liable in an auto accident claim. However, bus companies also have a duty to properly screen, hire, and train all employees to ensure they are capable of safely transporting passengers. If a bus company fails to properly run a background check or hires an unqualified driver, it can share liability when that driver causes a collision.
Bus crashes are rarely minor, and victims are well within their rights to file claims for compensation after a collision. Depending on the state, there may be stringent timelines and requirements to get compensation, so it is imperative you call immediately. Evidence can spoil or go missing if your attorney does not act fast to secure it. Your attorney also needs time to consult with accident reconstructionists, review your injuries with your doctor, and determine what compensation you can receive.
Strong Representation for Bus Crash Victims
Our team at Leventhal & Puga, P.C. can act fast to collect evidence and build a strong case for compensation. We are experienced trial attorneys who prepare every case as if we will present it before a jury and always advocate for the highest possible award. Since 1981, our Denver personal injury attorneys have stood up for accident victims across the country and can provide you with the same legal expertise. Call Leventhal & Puga, P.C. today at (303) 759-9945 or toll-free at (877) 433-3906 to get a free case evaluation.
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