As children, we all heard the phrase “accidents happen,” and while this may be true, severe accidents that have serious consequences are not as easily overlooked as spilled milk. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, but when accidents cause devastating injuries or take lives, people suffer. It’s unfair for victims of tragedy to suffer for the actions of another, which is why victims of serious automobile accidents can receive compensation if another was at fault in an accident that caused them harm. This compensation can be harder to attain in certain accidents, however, depending on the circumstances around the accident.
A prime example of complicated accidents is a bus accident that occurred recently in Virginia. A man left his car after it broke down, when a school bus fatally struck him. The victim’s wife filed a lawsuit against the school division to which the bus belongs and the driver behind the wheel of the bus, accusing negligence on the part of the bus driver. Of course this lawsuit has been met with resistance, with the school division’s attorneys filing claims that the school division cannot be sued, and that the bus driver was performing a government function (transporting students), making him immune.
This is perhaps the most significant reason that bus accidents are complicated: it is never as simple as alleging negligence on the part of the driver. The bus is almost always owned by someone who is not driving the bus, who will fight tooth and nail to deny any claims made against their drivers or buses.
These business owners understand the impact that being convicted of an accident can have on them, both in terms of finances and reputation, so they are always well prepared with plenty of lawyers to defend against lawsuits. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, you will likely need some legal assistance of your own to help you make your case and receive the compensation you deserve.