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What to Do if You’re Hurt in a Car Accident with a Bus?

November 30, 2022 By John Torgenson

Arizona is a state with a high rate of bus accidents. In fact, there were 1,040 bus accidents in Arizona in 2017, which was the second-highest total in the nation. The majority of these accidents (70%) were caused by driver error, and the most common type of driver error was failure to yield the right of way.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration detailed national accident statistics in its report on large truck and bus accidents.

According to the report, here is a summary of specific trends and numbers from the year 2019 in the United States:

  • There were 5,237 fatal crashes involving large trucks and buses.
  • Fatal crash numbers jumped 2% over 2018.
  • Large truck and bus injury crashes were up over 13%, from 112,000 in 2016 to 127,000 in 2019.
  • There were 84 school buses involved in fatal crashes.
  • There were 15 city buses involved in fatal crashes.
  • There were 78 transit buses involved in fatal crashes.

This national report is troubling in that there were hundreds of thousands of heavy truck and bus accidents nationwide, and by the numbers, Arizona is unfortunately a hot spot for bus accidents.

If you are involved in a bus accident in Arizona, it is important to know that you have rights. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. An experienced bus accident attorney can help you understand your rights and options and pursue the compensation you deserve.

How is an Accident Involving a Bus Different from Other Accidents?

Buses are large, heavy vehicles that are often involved in serious accidents in Arizona. However, there are some key points in which a bus accident is different from other kinds of accidents.

For one thing, because buses are so large, they often cause much more damage than a regular car accident. This can mean more serious injuries for the people involved and more severe property damage.

Another difference is that bus accidents often involve multiple vehicles. This can make them even more chaotic and difficult for an accident victim to deal with.

All of these factors can make a bus accident much more complicated than a regular car accident. If you are ever involved in a bus accident, it is important to get professional help right away.

What Should I Do in the Immediate Aftermath of a Bus Accident?

As a general rule, it is best to seek medical attention after any kind of accident. This is especially true if you were involved in a bus and car accident. Even if you feel fine, it is always a good idea to get checked out by a doctor. You may have sustained internal injuries that are not immediately apparent.

In addition to seeking medical attention, there are a few other things you should do in the immediate aftermath of a bus accident.

  • First, try to get the contact information of any witnesses to the accident.
  • Second, take pictures of the accident scene, if possible.
  • Finally, be sure to contact an experienced bus accident attorney as soon as possible.

An attorney can help you navigate the complex legal process, interview witnesses, and work with insurance companies to ensure that your rights are protected.

What Are My Legal Rights if I am Injured in a Bus Accident?

If you’re like most people, you probably drive alongside buses every day without giving it a second thought. But what would you do if you were injured in a car accident with a bus? Would you know what your legal rights are?

Most people don’t realize that if they’re injured in a bus and car accident, they may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. Just like with any other type of vehicle, buses are required to adhere to certain safety standards and regulations. When they fail to do so and an accident occurs, the bus company may be held liable for negligence or fault.

If you’ve been injured in a bus accident, the first step is to seek medical attention. Once you’ve been treated for your injuries, you should then contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your case. An experienced lawyer will be able to tell you if you have a valid claim and help you navigate the legal process.

Finally, it is important to keep all documentation related to the accident, including medical records, photos, and police reports, as this will be important evidence in any potential legal case, especially if you end up going to trial.

Don’t assume that just because you were injured in a bus accident that you don’t have any legal recourse. Speak to a personal injury lawyer today to learn more about your rights and how to protect them.

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John Torgenson

After high school, John attended the University of Utah, graduating in 2001. John then attended his dream school, Notre Dame Law School, where he graduated, with honors, in 2004. John is licensed to fight in court for real people in the State of Arizona, the United States Federal District Court of Arizona, and the 9th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before establishing what is now Torgenson Law, John practiced in the litigation group at Fennemore Craig, the oldest law firm in Arizona, and one of the largest firms in the Southwest. Having practiced at Fennemore Craig in both the defense and plaintiff’s practice areas gives John a complete perspective of the litigation process, and valuable insight into how to efficiently and effectively advance his clients’ interests. His unique and balanced background enhances his credibility with defense lawyers, insurers, and defendants as well as with judges and arbitrators.