Buses can be a tough nut to crack, legally speaking, mainly because there are laws in place that limit how liable the company can be in the event of a bus accident. Still, bus accidents are a real threat to anyone driving on the road, just as real as any other accident, and the injuries that victims suffer are certainly just as real. In many instances, these injuries can be even more severe due to the size of buses, not to mention that lack of safety features such as seat belts on some buses can make a bus accident more dangerous for passengers as well.
A couple of double-decker buses recently crashed in Times Square, leaving 14 people injured. Though none of the injuries are considered life-threatening, witnesses reported seeing blood on the streets. According to witnesses, one tour bus was traveling at a high speed when it collided with the other bus.
While double-decker buses aren’t as big of a concern in Virginia as they might be in New York City, every region of our state has its fair share of buses, either for school or touring. In Virginia, these buses are considered common carriers by the law. This allows the law to hold the company responsible if passengers suffer from avoidable negligence, such as a negligent employee or a bus in poor condition.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bus accident, you’ve likely faced medical bills as a result. Even minor accidents can result in whiplash or blunt force injuries due to lack of seat belts. In the event of such an injury, you might be entitled to compensation.