A transportation accident is an accident involving a bus or other form of public transportation. Transportation accidents are dangerous because passengers are usually unrestrained, and the size of the bus is much larger than the car or truck it may hit. A bus accident can be a legally difficult issue and likewise it is important that you have a competent personal injury law firm to handle your case.
A school bus can be particularly dangerous on the open road. While they may travel at relatively low speeds compared to other traffic, the sheer size of a school bus can cause great bodily harm when a collision with a pedestrian or car occurs. School bus passengers are also in danger, as kids are often unrestrained. In addition, schools buses may be filled with many children and, kids being kids, may preform acts that force the driver to divert their direct attention away from the road. This negligence by the driver can have severe consequence for the victim of a bus accident.
However not all bus accidents are caused by school buses. The use of public and alternative forms of transportation has risen steadily in Central Florida over the last few years. As a result, the number of bus accidents, pedestrian accidents, and bicycle accidents, has also increased over the year. Like school bus passengers, passengers on public transportation buses are unrestrained, and face a greater chance of injury that do restrained passengers in cars. Unlike school buses, most public transportation buses travel in heavily populated areas. A bus involved in a car accident or motorcycle accident can leave permanent injuries to the occupant.
Passengers involved in an accident while using public transportation may experience injuries such as spinal cord injury, back injury, whiplash, and nerve damage. This is not an all-inclusive list and a doctor should be seen to determine the full extent of injuries suffered while using public or mass-transit.
If you or somebody you know has been in a bus accident, then it is essential you have zealous legal representation fighting on your side. The attorneys at Michael J. Meksraitis, Chartered have been representing clients involved in public transportation accidents for over forty years. Contact our firm today for a free consultation about your case.