Denver Bus Accident Lawyers
Fighting to Hold Negligent Bus Drivers & Bus Companies Accountable
Buses are a common form of transportation in and around the Denver Metro Area. Many people rely on buses to commute to work, travel to ski resorts and casinos, and get around town. While buses and shuttles offer a relatively safe and reliable means of transportation, they can sometimes become involved in accidents with other vehicles—often with devastating consequences.
If you were injured or if your loved one was killed in a bus accident in Denver or throughout the Rocky Mountain Region, turn to the personal injury team at Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C. With over a century of combined experience, our attorneys have a long-established history of successfully representing bus accident victims and their families. We fight for justice by taking on negligent bus drivers and their employers, seeking to hold them accountable for the harm they have caused. Our team is capable of handling bus accident litigation involving all types of common carriers, from city buses to private shuttles to school buses and vans.
Reach out to our team today to share your story and learn how we can help during a free initial consultation: (303) 622-5858. Se habla español.
How Do Bus Accidents Happen?
Just like other types of motor vehicle accidents, such as car and motorcycle crashes, bus accidents happen for a variety of reasons. But the single most common factor in the majority of bus accidents is negligence. This negligence may be on the part of the bus driver, the company that owns or leases the bus, the entity responsible for bus maintenance, or even another motorist, pedestrian, or cyclist. Simply put, any time someone fails to take reasonable steps to keep others safe, an accident can occur.
Some of the most common causes of bus accidents include:
- Bus driver distraction
- Violations of traffic laws
- Violations of safety regulations
- Intoxicated bus drivers
- Bus driver fatigue
- Poor/insufficient bus maintenance
- Negligent hiring practices
- Improper supervision
- Defective buses/bus parts
- Third-party negligence
- Defective road construction
It’s important to establish exactly how an accident occurred, as this allows our Denver bus accident attorneys to uncover who is liable. This is critical, as liability is one of the most important elements of your injury claim.
Who Is Liable?
Determining liability in bus accident claims is often fairly complex. There are many reasons for this, including the many different factors that can contribute to an accident, but one reason is because bus drivers are “on the clock.” In other words, because they are generally working when an accident occurs, a bus driver may be liable but his or her employer may also be responsible under respondeat superior laws. These laws essentially make it so that employers are liable for the actions of their employees when their employees are working. Therefore, if a distracted bus driver causes a crash, the bus company or entity that employs the driver (be it a private company, a government entity, or some other party) could be held liable for the resulting damages.
Sometimes, the bus driver is not at fault for the accident. Accordingly, his or her employer would also not be liable. In such cases, another party—such as the person/company responsible for conducting bus maintenance, the manufacturer of a defective bus part, or a negligent motorist—could be liable.
What to Do After a Bus Accident
If you were involved in a bus accident, the first thing to do is seek medical attention. If you were not treated at the scene or transported to a hospital, be sure to make an appointment with a physician and receive treatment for any injuries you have sustained. Even if you believe your injuries are not serious, it is critically important that you are checked over by a qualified doctor.
Next, reach out to an attorney who can help you navigate the complexities involved in filing a bus accident claim. Taking on the liable insurance company on your own is not advisable. In fact, their adjusters will likely do everything they can to dispute your injuries or devalue your claim. It’s important that you work with an attorney who understands how to investigate the cause of your accident, the severity of your injuries, and the extent of your damages. Putting a trusted legal advocate on your side is the best way to protect your interests and right to a fair recovery.
Contact Our Firm for a Free Consultation
At Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C., we represent victims of all types of bus accidents involving all types of buses and shuttles. Whether you were the passenger of the bus or were in another vehicle involved in the collision, our Denver bus accident attorneys understand that the road to recovery could be a long, uphill battle. Our goal is to ease the stress you are under by handling all of the legal aspects of your claim, allowing you to focus on your physical recovery.