In 2008, there were about 29,415 passenger vehicle fatalities in the U.S. according to Federal Motor Carrier Administration. As a south Florida bus accident attorney I have been witness to the devastation of accidents involving buses and large vehicles. Dealing with the aftermath of such accidents can be overwhelming.
If you were involved in a bus accident you may be able to recover for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The approach an attorney takes and the results of a bus accident claims depends on the type of vehicle involved. Below are some of the different categories of buses in the state of Florida:
- City or Metro bus (public transportation).
- School buses.
- Long distance buses (private companies).
- Private community bus.
- Special needs buses.
- Taxis and limousines.
- Light rail.
If the accident involved a city or metro bus in the state of Florida, then the victim(s) involved will face a $100,000 maximum recovery per individual and $200,000 maximum recovery per accident. Here uninsured motorist coverage (UM) may become useful. Uninsured motorist coverage is a type of coverage that becomes useful if the entity causing the accident is unable to pay for the totality of the damages.
Private bus companies or common carries owe a duty of care to passengers. They are not protected by the same immunity granted to city buses mentioned above.
Florida bus accidents can also involve pedestrians, automobiles, bicycles, mopeds, motorbikes, and scooters. Some of the causes for bus accidents in South Florida are:
- Driver distraction.
- Driver negligence.
- Inadequate/poor training.
- Faulty equipment or maintenance.
- Driver fatigue.
- Human error.
The above factors may cause fractures, soft tissue injuries, sprains, brain injury, burns, and death. Please call us if you have been involved in bus accident in South Florida. Our bus accident attorneys are here to assist you 24/7 at 1.888.413.8353.