On the totem pole of different accident types, bus accidents are much more similar to truck accidents than they are to normal car accidents. Despite the similarities, there are a few key differences between the two accident types. There are usually even more agents at play in the case of bus accidents. Such accidents are actually treated differently under the law because of their common carrier status.
Common carrier is a phrase that is used to describe vehicles that specialize in transporting people or goods for compensation. The distinction applies to many different vehicles, including commercial airplanes, cruise ships, and of course buses of various types. In Virginia, a common carrier distinction means that you owe passengers a high standard of care, assuring them that their safety is a top priority.
Being classified as a common carrier does not necessarily mean that bus drivers are treated differently than other drivers in case of an accident, but it could mean that the compensation victims can recover in such an accident is even greater. Combined with the fact that multiple different parties can be held liable in a bus accident, victims of a bus accident could be awarded substantial sums of monetary compensation.
With normal accidents, the liability lies with the driver who is determined to be at fault. With truck accidents, the liability may lie with the driver, but it may also lie with the company that owns the truck. In bus accidents, this is also true, but depending on the destinations to which the bus is taking you, others could be liable for your injuries as well. If you have been injured in a bus accident, consider meeting with an attorney to maximize your compensation.