What To Know About Tennessee Bus Accidents
Bus accidents are more common than most people realize, especially in major metropolitan areas like Nashville. Buses are a common form of transportation for children and adults alike, and when an accident occurs the results can be devastating for injury victims. At Mitch Grissim & Associates, our Nashville bus accident attorneys understand how serious a bus accident can be and promise to zealously advocate for your claim. To learn more, call or contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.
Types of Bus Accidents
There are many types of buses that can be involved in a serious accident. Some of the most common claims stem from crashes involving the following types of buses:
- School buses
- Intercity buses
- Charter buses
- Municipal buses
Buses carry thousands of children and adults every single day across Tennessee, and most do not require seatbelts for their passengers. When an accident happens, passengers can be thrown around and out of buses, causing serious injuries.
Who is Liable for a Bus Accident?
There are many parties that can be liable for a bus accident in the Nashville area. If the accident is caused by the driver of another vehicle, they are liable for the injuries caused by the crash. If the bus driver is at fault, they may be held liable individually and their employer may be held responsible for hiring a bad driver. The bus company could also be liable for failing to train their employees properly, or if the bus is owned by a city or municipality the government entity could be held responsible for the crash. If the accident was caused by a defect or malfunction in the bus, the manufacturer of the part that failed or anyone who is responsible for maintenance of the buses could ultimately be held liable for any accidents.
Compensation for Bus Accident Injuries
Compensation for bus accident injuries includes all damages for economic and noneconomic harm suffered in the crash. Economic damages include all medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and the loss of future income and benefits. Noneconomic damages compensate an injury victim for their pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement, disability, and loss of enjoyment of life.
In bus accidents where the injuries result in victim fatalities, the families of the victims can seek compensation in the form of a wrongful death claim. Damages for wrongful death include compensation for all final medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, the loss of future wages, any final pain and suffering endured by the victim, and for the family’s loss of love, support, and counsel of the deceased. To learn more about your legal options after a bus accident, talk to our office today.
Talk to Our Office Now
Have you or someone you know been involved in a bus accident in the Nashville area? If so, the knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates are here to help. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free consultation of your claims now.