An Experienced Attorney for Victims of Serious Injury & Wrongful Death in Bus Accidents
In Atlanta, the way we use public transit is astounding. Between the trains, buses and even the streetcar, getting around Atlanta can come with great ease. With options including MARTA, CobbLinc and Gwinnett Country Transit, getting around the area includes many choices.
These methods of transportation are usually safe, however there are times when problems arise. When these issues arise, they can create legal problems like no other, requiring consistent care and diligence to bring your case to its appropriate conclusion.
What Are Bus Accident Injury Cases in Georgia?
Countless Georgia residents travel and commute via public transportation buses every day. It’s a great way to avoid the heavy traffic experienced all over Atlanta and its suburbs, as well as in other Georgia cities like Savannah, Macon, Augusta, Columbus, Valdosta, and more.
Unfortunately, while public buses are typically a safe method of transportation, sometimes buses are involved in accidents that result in serious injuries to the passengers and operators of other vehicles involved in the crash.
Common Causes of Bus Accidents in Georgia
Among the common causes of bus and public transportation accidents in Georgia include:
- Distracted driving – Safe bus operation demands unwavering focus. If a bus driver gets distracted, they may fail to give their full attention to the road and respond to potential hazards promptly.
- Driving under the influence – Operating a bus while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs impairs drivers’ reaction times and judgment, making accidents more likely.
- Failure to adhere to the rules of the road – Abiding by traffic lights, signs, yielding the right-of-way, and changing lanes safely are all crucial aspects of accident prevention.
- Inadequate training – Proper training of bus drivers is imperative for safe driving. Companies should also promote sufficient rest and route familiarity among their drivers.
- Speeding – Given the size of a bus, it is essential for drivers to maintain a safe speed in all conditions, including when making turns, driving in inclement weather, and navigating heavy traffic.
- Driving while fatigued – Bus drivers must be well-rested and alert while on the road. Driving a bus while drowsy poses similar dangers as driving under the influence.
- Negligence of other drivers – All drivers share the responsibility of adhering to traffic rules and practicing safe driving habits. The negligent actions of other drivers can also contribute to bus accidents.
- Inadequate maintenance or inspection – Bus companies bear the responsibility of ensuring their buses are safe to operate and should conduct regular inspections.
Given the various potential causes of bus accidents, numerous parties may be held liable. If you or a loved one were injured in a bus accident in Georgia, contact the personal injury attorneys at Apolinsky & Associates, LLC, for a free case evaluation to see if you’re entitled to compensation.
Common Injuries Suffered in Bus Accidents
In a collision involving a bus injuries can be suffered by both passengers and pedestrians. Whether it be from the impact of a sudden collision or being thrown from one’s seat, against rails, windows, or other objects, or other passengers, injuries can be very serious, leaving victims with with a variety of severe injuries, including:
- Broken bones & fractures.
- Spinal cord injury.
- Joint damage.
- Traumatic brain injuries.
- Back spasms.
- Burn injury.
- Crush injuries.
- Cuts, bruises, and abrasions.
- Wrongful death.
Proving Negligence & Causation in Georgia Bus Accident Injury Cases
In order to prove negligence in a bus accident injury case, you will need to establish that:
- A duty of care existed, and the defendant owed you a level of responsibility.
- The defendant breached the duty of care and responsibility.
- That breach directly caused your spinal cord injuries.
- You suffered damages that resulted from the breach of care.
The evidence presented in your bus accident injury case should prove all four of these elements. Relevant documentation, such as photographs, police reports, earnings statements, and other records should demonstrate the defendant’s breach of duty.
Forensic evidence, such as video surveillance from the bus or CCTV cameras and witness statements from the scene of the accident will support your case as well.
Damages and Compensation Recoverable in Bus Accident Injury Cases in Georgia
A variety of serious injuries occur in transit crashes. You may need extensive medical care, or even long-term care after an accident. Fortunately, you may be able to recover some of those losses, including:
- Medical expenses, including emergency care and ongoing treatments.
- Lost wages.
- Reduced or loss of earning capacity.
- Long term disability.
- Property damage.
- Pain and suffering, including emotional injuries.
- Diminished quality of life.
If you or a loved one were injured in a transit crash, you may be entitled to financial damages. To learn more about what compensation might be available, contact Apolinsky & Associates, LLC, today to schedule your appointment.