Experienced Kentucky Bus Accident Attorneys Protect Your Rights
Comprehensive counsel for residents and visitors injured in Louisville, Lexington and throughout the state
Kentucky has the dubious distinction of being in third place for deadliest bus crashes in U.S. history – a distinction we earned twice: once in 1958, in Prestonburg, and again in 1988 in Carrollton. The number of bus accidents in Kentucky accounts for less than 1% of all traffic crashes, but rarity does not equate to safety: a collision with a bus can have deadly consequences.
At Crandall & Pera Law, our Kentucky bus accident lawyers provide aggressive, effective counsel on behalf of clients who have sustained serious injuries, or who have lost a loved one, in a collision or accident involving city buses like TANK and TARC, Greyhounds and Megabuses, school buses or tour buses. We understand that there are multiple factors which may come into play in accidents involving common carriers, and that these complex cases require care and diligence to pursue. Our team of attorneys, along with our in-house staff and Registered Nurses, will ensure that no stone is unturned when it comes to protecting you, your family and your future.
Common causes of bus accidents in Kentucky
According to the latest data (2012) from the Office of the Governor and the Kentucky State Police, there are around 1,400 bus accidents a year in Kentucky. Because of the size and weight of these vehicles, bus passengers are less likely to be seriously injured than other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
The majority of bus crashes in Kentucky are a result of driver error, though outside factors like roadways and mechanical failure also play a role. The most common causes of bus accidents include:
- Fatigued, distracted or drunk bus drivers
- Aggressive or reckless driving by the bus driver
- Poor road conditions, often exacerbated by inclement weather
- Unruly passengers, especially when they have been drinking all day
- Weight distribution problems, which can make the bus unstable
- Poor maintenance of the vehicles
- Lack of training and/or poor supervision by the bus company and its managers
- Other vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians who do not follow the rules of the road
Liability issues in bus accidents
Busing companies are common carriers: that means they transport good or people from one place to another. As such, they owe their passengers a greater duty of care than the average driver owes his fellow driver. When it comes to making a claim for compensation, you must be able to prove:
- That such a duty of care existed
- That the bus driver or company breached that duty
- That this breach is what led to your injury
- That you sustained damage as a result
Even in seemingly open-and-shut cases, however, complications may arise. For example, many bus companies are owned and operated by local government. That means the amount of time you have to make a claim could be significantly shorter than it might against a privately-owned company. The same could be true if your child is injured in a school bus accidents; if the bus driver workers for the Lexington or Louisville school board, for example, you then have the added challenge of bringing a claim against a city employee.
No matter how you sustained an injury, you want to speak with an experienced Kentucky bus accident lawyer as soon as you can, so that he or she can begin documenting evidence, investigating the accident and building your case. It is possible that more than just the driver could be held liable for your injuries.
The Crandall & Pera Law difference
The Kentucky bus accidents attorneys of Crandall & Pera Law understand that time is of the essence when you are pursuing a claim against a bus driver, a busing company, or another negligent party. Our team works diligently and aggressively to help you obtain compensation for:
- Your medical bills and expenses, including rehab treatments, surgeries and prescription medications
- Your lost wages, as well as any diminished future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses, in cases where your loved one has died as a result of his or her injuries
- Loss of consortium, or companionship, for spouses
At Crandall & Pera Law, you are not just a nameless face. We take great pride in the relationships we build with our clients, and the work we do on their behalf. We have earned a reputation in and around Louisville and Lexington for our aggressive, proactive approach to the law, and for preparing every case we take for trial – efforts that often lead common carriers and their insurance companies more willing to offer a just settlement for our clients.
Work with a Kentucky bus accident attorney who puts your needs first
As Crandall & Pera Law, we uphold and protect the rights of injury victims. Our skilled Kentucky bus accident lawyers know what it takes to build a successful case for damages. We know that you may be facing a future that is drastically different from the one you imagined; let us help you keep it secure. To work with a member of our team, please call 877.651.7764, or fill out our contact form.