Many people in the greater Kansas City area rely on buses. They may be schoolchildren, commuters, tourists, or travelers who are looking for a greener transportation option or just don’t have a car. While buses are generally safe, accidents can and do occur, especially in high-density traffic. Unfortunately, most buses do not come with seat belts, thus leaving passengers even more vulnerable to sustaining injuries in an accident.
Due to the size, speed, and the number of passengers involved, bus accidents can lead to serious injuries for those unlucky enough to be onboard during a crash. For other drivers and pedestrians, catastrophic injuries are likely. Anyone who has been injured is likely to be faced with a complex insurance situation. If you were involved in a bus accident, you likely suffered injuries and are therefore handling your treatment and dealing with concerns about how medical bills and other losses will be covered. At such a chaotic time, you should not be burdened with defending your right to a fair insurance settlement.
At Presley & Presley, LLC, our legal team has been helping individuals throughout Kansas City recover fair compensation after accidents for over 45 years combined. We are skilled at determining fault and liability, gathering and documenting evidence, and taking appropriate legal action with the at-fault parties and their insurers.
Injured in a bus accident? Get the help you need from our Kansas City bus accident attorneys. Call 816.931.4611 for a free consultation today.
In any bus accident claim, more than one party may have acted negligently and contributed to the incident. Liability may rest with:
Bus drivers and other drivers alike can engage in various negligent behaviors such as speeding, making improper lane changes, rolling through stop signs, running red lights, texting, or merely not paying attention. A driver who fails to respond to difficult weather conditions or a heavy traffic flow may drive too fast for the present situation, even if their speed is below the posted limit. This, too, is negligence.
Bus companies and their drivers are subject to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, which set forth specific rules in regard to all aspects of bus operation. If companies violate these regulations, they may make drivers and vehicles vulnerable to accidents. Similarly, if they fail to properly maintain buses, they may be sending out a vehicle where breaking down isn’t an “if” but a “when.” Bus maintenance is especially vital considering the long hours and heavy use buses typically accrue.
Another potentially liable party in a bus accident is the manufacturer of the bus or its component parts, such as tires and brakes. Should one of these elements fail, there may be no way for even the most skilled and attentive driver to keep control of the bus. A defective part could also be a contributing factor in an accident a driver tried to avoid but was not able to.
School bus accidents can add additional layers to an already complex process of making an injury claim. Parties that may be held responsible in case of a crash include a private school, a public school district, a bus manufacturer, or the driver of another vehicle that collided with the bus. Multi-party claims are much more complicated than single-party claims, and when a government entity like a public school district is involved, there may be even more rules to follow. Presley & Presley, LLC has experience in handling such cases and can help you determine your best options for recompense.
Our firm has a history of compassionate services and successful results, especially in complicated circumstances. Insurance company representatives are likely to approach you with a lowball settlement or deny your claim altogether. The more complex a situation is, the more likely they are to make you want to give up. Our attorneys will stand up for you no matter what because we know how big a difference a fair settlement can make.
Presley & Presley, LLC has the experience and reputation to make a difference in your bus accident claim. To learn how we can help you, schedule a free consultation with our caring team.
Contact us at 816.931.4611 to discuss your case today.
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