A bus driver’s responsibility is to drive safely on the road, regardless of being a public or a school district. These mass transit vehicles, by their nature, make frequent stops and are always taking on and letting off pedestrians or bikers.
As with any vehicle, bus accidents are more dangerous due to the sheer size of buses. Unaware and undistracted drivers have an increased likelihood of making improper turns, changing lanes without first checking their blind spots or slowing down before a turn. These maneuvers can result in potentially fatal injuries for outside passengers on surrounding vehicles.
Living in Atlanta and using the public transportation can be a good option. Studies show buses have better safety records than most other types of transportation, but that doesn’t mean accidents never happen. Drivers, bus companies and public entities should not escape responsibility when accidents happen.
Are Bus Accidents Cases Different From Car Accidents?
Public transportation cases are special because immunity given to public employees makes it difficult for plaintiffs to sue them successfully.Government entities enjoy special legal privileges, like sovereign immunity, which can make your case more difficult.
If you’re in an accident with a private bus company, it’s much easier to file a claim against them. This means that you won’t have to deal with any of the stricter government liability rules that apply in cases when the bus or transportation company is public.
What are the Most Common Atlanta Bus Accident Injuries?
- Scarring Lacerations
- Soft tissue injuries
- Crushed limbs
- Bone fractures
- Head and brain injuries
- Amputations Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Nerve damage
- Organ damage