Thousands of people all over the United States take the bus to work, school, and to run errands every day. In 2013, Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation, and as buses become more environmentally friendly and reliable, more people will opt to take them. With this increase in passenger numbers, however, comes an increased likelihood of injury to a significant number of individuals. In 2014, 234 buses were involved in fatal bus accidents, and 11,000 more crashes led to the injury of 22,000 passengers and bystanders. In cases where a city or town owned the buses involved in the accidents, who was liable?
Who Is Responsible for Bus Accidents?
While it may be easy to point to a car driver as the culprit of many auto accidents, a significant amount of people is responsible for the maintenance of buses. The bus driver could be responsible for the crash, the driver of another vehicle could be the culprit, or those responsible for bus maintenance could have failed to notice or care for mechanical problems.
Some of the following organizations and individuals could be involved in the vehicle’s malfunction:
- Bus owner
- Bus company
- Transit agencies
- Fleet maintenance companies and workers
- Insurance companies
Many buses running throughout Atlanta are owned by the city, whether they are MARTA, school, or prison vehicles. If you were involved in an accident with an Atlanta-owned bus, the city itself might be liable for any injury you sustained as a result of the accident. In order for liability to hold true, however, you must prove the following:
- The government employee disregarded public safety.
- This disregard led to your injuries.
It’s up to you and your Atlanta personal injury attorney to prove the city is responsible for your bus accident and resultant medical care. Make sure you’re covered by an experienced attorney who has dealt with many auto accident cases. Contact Pratt Clay, LLC by calling 404-566-9460 or by filling out our online form. We offer free case reviews. Let our legal advisors help you today!