Arizona Bus Accident Lawyer
IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED IN A BUS ACCIDENT, CONTACT AN aRIZONA BUS accident LAWYER AT Zinda law group toDay AT (800) 863-5312
Hundreds of thousands of buses are registered for operation in the United States. In fact, over 8,480 buses were registered in Arizona in 2020 alone, meaning you can rarely drive down a major roadway without seeing one. Unfortunately, the sheer number of buses in Arizona increases the chances of a bus collision or accident occurring. Following your accident with a bus, contact an Arizona bus accident lawyer at Zinda Law Group. Our team can answer any questions you may have, and we have the ability to fight for your legal rights. We are available to our clients 24, 7 and are here to help you recover.
Contact a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney as soon as possible following your bus accident. Call (800) 863-5312 for your 100% free initial consultation. You will not owe us anything unless we are successful in winning your unique injury case.
large truck and bus accident statistics
Accidents involving trucks and buses unfortunately, regularly occur within the United States. These accidents can cause severe injury due to their large size alone.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has compiled a number of statistics and trends on large truck and bus accidents nationwide. Below is a summary of certain trends and statistics from the year 2019 in the United States:
- 5,237 fatal crashes involved large trucks and buses.
- Fatal crash numbers increased 2% from 2018.
- Large truck and bus injury crashes increased 13%, from 112,000 in 2016 to 127,000 in 2019.
- 84 school buses were involved in fatal crashes.
- 15 intercity buses were involved in fatal crashes.
- 78 transit buses were involved in fatal crashes.
These statistics indicate many lives and families tragically affected. Too many of those families are here in Arizona.
Is yours one of them? Zinda Law Group Arizona bus accident lawyers are available nationwide and across the state of Arizona to help get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses after a bus accident. We can help you investigate your case, determine who is at fault, and fight for your legal rights in front of a judge if a favorable settlement cannot be made.
how do bus accidents occur?
Motor vehicle accidents may never be 100% avoidable; however, understanding the main causes of bus accidents may help you to avoid a collision in the future. These accidents can occur in a number of ways, including, but not limited to:
Inadequate Bus Driver Training
If a bus driver is not trained in an adequate manner before beginning work, he or she may cause an accident. Proper training includes refresher courses taken over the period of driver employment. States may also enact their own laws regarding buses and commercial vehicles. For example, in Arizona, a driver must obtain a Class C commercial driver’s license (CDL) for any vehicle 26,000 pounds or less if the vehicle is used to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver.
Distracted driving is a common occurrence on roads across the United States, thanks, in part, to technology. With most phones, users have the ability to text, browse the internet, stream videos, play games, post on social media, and much more, and from almost any location.
Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions, as sending or reading a text takes the driver’s eyes off of the road for an average of 5 seconds. If the vehicle is traveling at 55mph, that is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous and was responsible for 3,142 deaths in 2020.
Failure to Abide by Traffic Signs and Signals
Failure to abide by traffic signs or signals is not only illegal, but it is also dangerous. These infractions may include speeding above the posted speed limit sign, running a red light, failing to yield, or failing to stop at a posted stop sign, among other violations.
Failure to abide by traffic signs may be due to driver inexperience, driver negligence, or driver distraction. No matter the reason, if a bus driver in Arizona fails to follow legal signs and regulations, he or she may cause a serious accident with another motor vehicle driver, pedestrian, or bicyclist.
Road and Weather Conditions
Poor weather conditions and poorly maintained roads may also cause a bus accident in Arizona. Hazardous weather conditions sometimes include rain, snow, sleet, and fog. As buses often have to drive in these conditions, it is important that the operator drives calmly and cautiously, always keeping a safe distance between the bus and the vehicle in front of them.
Further, poor road maintenance may result in potholes or other hazards which may cause a driver to wreck. Local and state government entities are typically responsible for maintaining public roads.
For example, the Arizona Department of Transportation maintains a statewide road system of more than 27,000 maintenance lane miles. This includes travel lanes, ramps, passing lanes, paved shoulders, and unpaved roads. Failure to maintain these roads properly may cause a bus to crash on Arizona roadways.
No matter how your bus accident occurred, we can help. Call an Arizona bus accident attorney at Zinda Law Group today to discuss your potential case. We have helped countless individuals get their lives back on track after tragic motor vehicle accidents, and we want to help you as well. We will guide you through each step of the legal process to get you the compensation you deserve.
How can an ARIZONA BUS ACCIDENT LAWYER HELP ME in a lawsuit?
Bus accidents may cause severe physical and emotional damage on top of significant property damages. In order to be compensated for these damages, you will need to determine who was at fault for the accident and your subsequent injuries.
In a bus accident, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against three potential individuals or entities. These include the bus driver, the bus company, and a third party. More information on whom you may file a personal injury claim against is outlined in more detail, below.
The Bus Driver
Driver negligence is a common cause of bus accidents. If you can show that the driver of the bus was at-fault for the accident due to texting, speeding, or being otherwise distracted, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the driver directly. An Arizona personal injury lawyer at Zinda Law Group can help investigate your case
We can help you determine whether the bus driver was negligent, and, therefore, responsible for your injuries and property damage. Further, if their negligence or intentional actions caused you pain and suffering, you deserve to be compensated.
The Bus Company
In order to sue a bus company, you must have a legal right to do so. This means that you must be able to show that the bus driver was negligent while acting within the scope of his or her employment.
For example, John Doe, city bus driver, was in the middle of his shift when he began texting and driving. His inattentiveness subsequently caused an accident with another motor vehicle. Therefore, John Doe’s employer, Bus Company, may be held liable for Mr. Doe’s negligence.
If, however, Mr. Doe borrowed the vehicle to drive to Louisiana for Mardi Gras and caused an accident along the way, Bus Company may claim Mr. Doe was acting outside the scope of his employment, and, therefore, Bus Company may claim they are not responsible for his negligence. A bus company may also be held liable if it can be shown that they were negligent in their hiring practices, training methods, or maintenance procedures.
In certain situations, a third party may be responsible for a bus accident. For example, if an AZ government entity was responsible for maintaining a certain stretch of Interstate 17 from Phoenix to Flagstaff, but failed to do so in a negligent manner, that entity may be held liable for any injuries resulting from an accident. However, you must be able to show that the lack of maintenance or road care caused the accident and your injuries.
If you need help determining who is liable for your bus accident, contact an experienced Arizona bus accident attorney at Zinda Law Group. We have the resources and ability to hire expert witnesses to help make your case the strongest case possible. Further, we are available for our clients 24, 7 to help answer any questions you may have.
how long do i have to file my arizona bus accident lawsuit?
If you have been injured in a bus accident in Arizona, you will need to file your lawsuit on time, or you may risk the potential of not receiving any kind of compensation at all. This legal time limit is the “statute of limitations.” The statute of limitations is different for each kind of case and for each state, so call an Arizona bus accident lawyer as soon as possible following your accident to help ensure your case is filed on time.
You have two years from the date of your personal injury accident to file a personal injury case in Arizona. This means that if you were injured in a bus accident on January 1, 2022, you will have until January 1, 2024, to file your case. A Zinda Law Group Arizona personal injury lawyer can help you understand better when we discuss your case, including how we can help you file your case on time.
what kind of compensation could an ARIZONA PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER HELP ME receive from a bus accident in Arizona?
Following a bus accident, you may be looking at hefty medical bills, significant therapy costs, and more unexpected expenses than you thought possible. In order to receive compensation for these costs, you will need to file a lawsuit.
In Arizona, you will likely see two different kinds of compensation; these are referred to as “economic” and “non-economic” damages. These damages will vary from case to case, so contact an experienced Arizona bus accident lawyer at Zinda Law Group to further discuss the amount of compensation that your case may be worth. A more detailed description of these compensation types is explained, below:
Economic damages are in place to compensate the victim for their monetary, measurable losses. In many cases, past and future medical expenses will make up the majority of the award, although other damages may include:
- Lost earnings
- Lost business opportunities
- Property damage
- Household services while the victim is recuperating
These tangible damages are easily quantified and can be totaled by adding together bills, receipts, and invoices. Determining these damages may sometimes require an expert witness.
Non-economic damages are not easily measurable; they cannot be easily quantified, as compared to economic damages. Non-economic damages are highly subjective and are difficult to calculate. Further, these damages are typically not easy to measure monetarily and may include compensation for:
- Emotional distress
- Disability or disfigurement
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you have any questions regarding your potential compensation type or amount, contact an Arizona bus accident attorney at Zinda Law Group today. Although each case is different and we cannot guarantee a specific amount, we can answer your questions and explain the best route to take for investigating your case.
Is there a zinda law group injury attorney near me in arizona?
After being injured in a bus accident, you should not have to worry about finding a top-quality personal injury lawyer on top of your medical concerns and mental anguish. Zinda Law Group is nationwide and has offices across the state of Arizona. We have helped families in almost every area of Arizona, including:
- Lake Havasu
No matter your location or type of injury sustained from a bus accident, we can help. You will need the right attorney with the experience, resources, and understanding to help you get the maximum amount of recovery in your case. Zinda Law Group attorneys fulfill those needs and are here to assist you with legal representation in each step of the legal process.
Injured in a bus accident? Contact a zinda law group Arizona injury attorney today to discuss your potential case
Due to their size, buses can cause serious damage when involved in a motor vehicle accident. These accidents may be due to the negligence of the bus driver, the failure to maintain the bus, or even due to the failure to maintain a highway road. No matter the reason for the accident, it is important to contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney in your area to help file your case on time. Failure to file on time means you may not be able to receive any kind of economic or non-economic damages.
After being injured due to the negligence or intentional actions of another person, call an Arizona injury attorney at Zinda Law Group as soon as possible. We have experience with these kinds of cases and the resources necessary to build the strongest case possible for succeeding in the sometimes-overwhelming legal process.
We are here for you and your family each step of the way to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us as soon as possible at (800) 863-5312 to discuss your potential bus injury case.
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