Buses are everywhere and visible each day in Colorado. RTD buses take commuters to work, shuttles travel to ski resorts, casino buses transport passengers to the mountain gaming resorts, school buses bus children to schools, and buses assist travelers in reaching the airports. Due to the size of buses and the number of passengers they carry, bus accidents can cause serious damage and injuries to their passengers and others on the road when a bus driver acts carelessly.
Although bus drivers and the companies owning these buses owe heighted, or greater, duties of care to their passengers and the general public on the roadway because of their statuses as a common carriers, they sometime act as though they own the road or have a lesser duty of care. This careless driving may be due to improper training, limited visibility of the driver, driver fatigue, or other reasons.
If you have been injured as a result of a bus accident, whether as a passenger, pedestrian, or in another vehicle, it is important that you take immediate action to preserve your rights. Many buses on the road in Colorado are owned and/or operated by governmental entities, such as the Regional Transportation District (RTD) or public school districts. If the operator of the bus is a governmental entity, your claims may be governed by the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act (CGIA), which requires specific and short notification requirements of your claim.
If you have been injured or a loved one killed as the result of a bus accident, contact an experienced attorney at Larson & Larimer as soon as possible to make sure your rights are preserved and so that an immediate investigation can be started.