A great many travelers ride buses in Oregon because it is generally a reliable, economical method of transportation that has the added benefit of allowing passengers to relax without having to drive a vehicle. However, bus accidents happen at times and can cause injuries. At the law office of Tawni Tagaki, we have experienced Oregon bus accident attorneys that have helped many of our clients with bus accident injury-related claims.
As far as the law is concerned, a bus is defined as a motor vehicle capable of carrying more than 10 passengers. This definition has been set forth by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Many different types of buses exist, including:
- Greyhound buses, which transport passengers to different cities
- City buses that operate within urban areas
- Tourist carrying buses
- Buses that transport students
- Buses used by church groups or worker
Some Potential Causes of Bus Crashes
The majority of bus crashes occur due to careless or negligent behavior on behalf of the bus driver, the bus company, its owner, or other drivers. Accidents can happen when:
- Other vehicles stop in a bus lane
- A bus or other vehicle changes lanes suddenly
- A vehicle swerves into traffic
- Pedestrians get caught in the path of a bus
- The bus or another vehicle is traveling at high speeds
- Defective mechanical parts in the bus, or poor maintenance
Bus Accident Lawsuits can be Complex
Due to a wide variety of different bus categories, and other factors, bus accident lawsuits can get complicated. Fortunately, our experienced Oregon bus accident attorneys are here to help you understand all the details of your case as well as your legal rights and options.
Buses operate under strict federal licensing regulations, although state law often takes precedent in deciding whether or not a particular company is liable for damages should an accident occur.
Many different factors can play a role in bus accidents. Your attorney will conduct a thorough investigation in order to determine who can be held legally responsible for your injuries. The bus accident could be due to driver fatigue, poor judgment on behalf the driver, lack of regular bus maintenance, defective design or manufactured parts, or poor road conditions. All of these factors implicate a different party that may be liable and therefore responsible for providing you with the compensation you deserve due to your injuries.
One dimension of complexity in a bus crash involved laws regarding seatbelt availability for passengers. Federal law does not require many bus companies to provide seatbelts for their passengers. Only drivers are required to have and use seatbelts. When passengers sustain injuries after being thrown from their seats during a bus accident, the absence of seatbelts may, in some states, provide grounds on which to file a claim against the federal government.
If you’ve been injured in a bus accident in Oregon, don’t wait any longer to act. Contact us today.