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Public and Transit Bus Collisions

Public and Transit Bus Collision Lawyers

Many Connecticut residents use public buses as their mode of transportation. Unfortunately, public buses are involved in traffic accidents from time to time. A public bus collision can cause significant property damage and serious bodily harm.

If you or a loved has sustained an injury a public bus collision, you may be able to seek legal action against the negligent party. Contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today to learn about the legal rights available to accident victims.

For additional information about bus accident lawsuits, complete the contact form on the right-hand side of the page.

Causes of Transit Bus Accidents

Due to the size difference between a public bus and passenger vehicle, there is a greater chance for incapacitating injuries, fatalities, and property damage when these vehicles are involved in an accident than when two passenger vehicles are. There are several factors that can contribute to a public bus collision.

The Size of Public Buses

Public buses are huge vehicles that weigh several tons. These vehicles often travel at high speeds and when they collide with a smaller passenger vehicle they often generate a tremendous force. Typically, the bus passengers will experience the force of the collision.

Additionally, public buses tend to be top-heavy to allow for extra room in the cabin for passengers. However, the designs of public buses make them susceptible to rollovers when then crash into another object or they make sudden and evasive moves.

Unprotected Passengers

Passengers on public buses have very little protection in the event of an accident. Most transit buses don’t have seatbelts or other safety devices. Passengers are at risk of being thrown around the cabin and can crash into steel bars, windows and other objects resulting in severe injuries and sometimes fatalities.

Oftentimes, bus passengers are engaged in other activities during their commute such as reading a book, texting, or talking on the phone. Their inattentiveness to the road leaves them unprepared to act when a collision occurs.

Lack of Handling Capabilities

At some point in time, every driver will need to make an evasive movement to avoid a collision with another vehicle or an object. We often make these moves instinctively without thinking about the vehicle will respond to our brain’s signals. The same can be said about a public bus driver. When a bus driver makes a sudden move, these vehicles don’t have the engineering to respond to sudden movements and are risk for rolling over.

If you were injured in a Connecticut bus collision, contact our attorneys today.

Contact a Connecticut Bus Accident Lawyer

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that in 2008 there were 11,000 bus collisions that resulted in injuries. If you or a family member was injured in a bus accident, you may be eligible for legal and financial recourse. Accident victims may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages and other losses associated with the crash. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we advise all injury victims to seek legal guidance immediately after a crash. An attorney can review the facts surrounding your accident and then thoroughly explain your legal options.

Our attorneys and staff are dedicated to helping injured individuals receive the justice that they deserve. We have helped numerous clients receive favorable outcomes for their legal claims, either through a jury verdict or a settlement.

Injury victims can receive assistance with their legal claims at our convenient office locations in Hartford, Bridgeport and New Haven.

To speak with a member of our legal team about your injuries, fill out the Free Case Review form on this page.