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Bus Accidents

Charlottesville Bus Accident Lawyer

Yvonne T. Griffin
Bus Accident Attorney

Virginia Bus Accident Attorneys Assert Victims’ Rights

Experienced Charlottesville lawyers represent injured parties

While traveling by bus is generally a safe form of transportation, accidents do happen. Moreover, due to the way buses are configured and operated, many injuries from such collisions are severe, or even fatal. The size of the vehicles, the speed at which many travel, the lack of maneuverability and the absence of passenger restraints can be a recipe for disaster. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a bus accident, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. The process of suing a bus company for damages can be complex, so you should only trust your case to experienced counsel. For more than 30 years, Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C. has fought for Virginia clients injured in bus crashes and other types of mass transit accidents. Based in Charlottesville and with three offices in other locations, we’re ready to put our knowledge, experience and determination to work for you.

Who is liable for a Virginia bus accident?

The mere fact that a bus was in an accident does not prove the bus or its driver was at fault. Possible defendants in your potential bus accident lawsuit include:

  • Bus driver — Driver error is the number one cause of traffic accidents. Bus drivers can indulge in the same types of careless behavior as other motorists, such as cellphone use, distracted operation, aggressive driving and the decision to get behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  • Bus company — When a bus driver is implicated in an accident, the bus company can be held liable in certain instances. In addition to being responsible for the negligence of its drivers, a bus company can be liable for faulty maintenance, if a resulting equipment failure caused the collisions. In addition to traffic accidents, bus companies can be liable for slip and fall accidents due to hidden hazards on their vehicles or at their stations.
  • Another vehicle driver — The bus driver could be just as much a victim as the passengers if the driver of another vehicle was negligent and caused the crash.
  • Equipment manufacturer — Inoperable brakes and blown tires are just two of the possible equipment failures that could trigger a disastrous bus accident.
  • Entity responsible for road conditions — If poor road conditions or faulty road design contributed to the accident, the local, state or federal government could be liable for the injuries.

Reconstructing a bus accident to ascertain how it occurred can be a complex process. Our legal team works with experienced accident reconstruction experts to determine what led to the crash. We also interview witnesses to get their impressions of what happened. No matter how complex the situation might seem, we pore over every detail to build the strongest case possible.

Albemarle County firm handles cases involving public and private bus services

When you sue a privately owned bus company, don’t be intimidated by their size or wealth. Our legal team has the skill and resources to level the playing field, so you can have every confidence. Many bus lines are run by municipal or state authorities, so you’re actually suing the government. Here, special rules apply. You have a short deadline to file a notice of claim before you initiate an action. Our personal injury attorneys are familiar with the process and are ready to guide you capably through every step.

Contact our Charlottesville bus accident lawyers today for a free consultation

Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C. represents victims of bus accidents throughout the Commonwealth. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 434-973-7474 or contact us online. We have four offices conveniently located in Charlottesville, Palmyra, Harrisonburg and Staunton.

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