As many people are aware, there are various types of vehicles on the road at any given time: small motorcycles, passenger vehicles, large trucks and more. But the differences in these vehicles go beyond simply their types, makes and models. The very law by which these vehicles are governed may be different depending on what type of vehicle is being driven and the way the drivers conduct themselves on the roads.
This is not to say that some vehicles can get away with breaking laws that other vehicles cannot. With the exception of emergency vehicles on their way to an emergency, every driver must stop at a red light or a stop sign and drive below the speed limit. However, the consequences of breaking these laws can be different depending on the vehicles, as some vehicles are held to higher standards of safety and care for their passengers.
These vehicles are known as common carriers, and they usually include vehicles that transport people instead of cargo. Buses are perhaps the most common example of a common carrier in Virginia, and passengers on a bus have the right to seek compensation at the driver or bus company's expense if they are injured, depending on the circumstances. This is because passengers may suffer an injury in a bus accidentover which they had no control.
Unlike most other accidents, there does not even have to be another vehicle involved for injured victims to seek compensation. If a bus driver falls asleep at the wheel and the bus drifts off the road and crashes into a tree, passengers are likely to suffer injury, and in this instance the fault would likely be on the bus driver. If you have been injured in a bus accident in Virginia, please visit our website to learn how we can help you make a claim to be compensated for your injuries.